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Report shows how safety tech reduces backup crashes

Backup crashes can result in property damage as well as serious injuries if pedestrians are involved. They sometimes end in the deaths of young children, too. Florida residents should know, however, that safety technology for newer vehicles can help reduce their risk for backup crashes. A report states that those with rear automatic braking in their vehicles report 62 percent fewer backup crashes than those without.

The report goes on to say that if rear automatic brakes were combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors, the chance of a backup crash would decrease by an estimated 78 percent. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety was able to test this combination of safety tech on new vehicle models and gave superior ratings to the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV. Four other vehicles received advanced ratings for their abilities in the area of speed reduction and collision avoidance.

Rear automatic braking is available as an option for only 5 percent of new vehicle models, but some automakers are choosing to add it to their new vehicles. While front automatic brakes will become standard on most cars by 2022, no similar plan exists for rear brakes. Rear automatic braking is used mostly to avoid obstacles, but developers could soon expand the technology so that it prevents pedestrian crashes.

Backup crashes, like other forms of auto accidents, are often caused by negligence. Those who are injured through no little or no fault of their own may want to see a lawyer for a case evaluation. If victims have valid grounds, the lawyer might hire third parties to find what proof there is against the defendant and negotiate for a fair settlement with the defendant's auto insurance company. Victims may have their lawyer prepare for litigation as a last resort.

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