In Florida and across the United States, lives are being saved by smart collision avoidance systems equipped in modern vehicles. New research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows how early warning systems that alert drivers about sudden lane departures and other hazards have contributed to a reduction in fatalities and injuries. This longitudinal study evaluated 5,000 road traffic accidents that took place in 2015, and researchers are hopeful that auto safety technology will produce more positive results in the near future.
One particular data set in the study focused on lane departure warning sensors. Unfortunately, many drivers turn off these alerts because they feel that they are annoying. This is particularly the case with beeping alarms. Automakers have taken note of this behavior and are now moving toward switching these alerts from audio alarms to vibrations of the steering wheel or driver seat.
As of 2017, collision warning systems are standard in just 6 percent of all new cars sold in dealerships across the U.S. A similar situation is observed in relation to proximity sensors that warn drivers about objects, vehicles, pedestrians, or animals in the driver’s blind spot; these sensors are standard in less than 10 percent of new cars.
In some personal injury cases related to car accidents, collision warning systems could play a major role. A negligent driver known to turn off warnings may be found liable in a car crash, and such details may be used by attorneys who are seeking compensation for lost wages and medical expenses on behalf of their clients.