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Warning technologies can help drivers avoid crashes

For drivers in Connecticut and throughout the country, collision avoidance technologies like lane departure warning systems or blind spot alerts can help to reduce the number of car accidents and related injuries. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety based on 2015 data showed that the presence of these technologies had a beneficial effect on road safety.

IIBS researchers looked at over 5,000 car accidents of the type that these technologies are meant to avoid. The researchers also examined statistics and interactions of vehicles that were equipped with the warning technologies. They found that these targeted crash types, including sideswipe, single-vehicle and head-on collisions, declined by 11 percent among vehicles equipped with the warning systems. More significantly, crashes involving personal injuries declined by 21 percent in cars that had the technologies on-board. The IIHS estimated that if all vehicles in 2015 had been equipped with these technologies, over 55,000 traffic injuries could have been avoided.

While the study showed that the systems work, the results were less dramatic than those in two other studies conducted in 2015, one looking at U.S. commercial trucks and another at Volvo cars in Sweden. Both of those studies found that the presence of lane departure warnings and blind spot alerts cut the risk of accidents nearly in half. The researchers speculated that the differential could be due to U.S. drivers switching off the systems to avoid noise.

Collision avoidance technology can be a powerful ally in staying safe on the road. However, negligent driving can strike all too frequently. People who have been injured in car crashes due to the negligence of another motorist might want to meet with an attorney to see how best to seek compensation for their losses.

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