Rear-end collisions result when drivers fail to maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead of them. They are caused by many reasons like tailgating, talking on a cellphone or texting, or not driving slowly enough for weather conditions.
Sadly, rear-end collisions are one of the leading causes of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,806 people were killed and 503,000 people were injured in these wrecks in 2013. However, a recent study found that front crash prevention could significantly decrease these tragic injuries and deaths.
Forward Collision Warning Systems With Automatic Braking Keep Motorists Safest
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted a study to test the effectiveness of forward collision warning systems with and without autonomous emergency braking. The researchers studied police-reported crash data for rear-end collisions in 22 states from 2010 through 2014. According to the IIHS, forward collision warning systems can drastically reduce these accidents. Highlights of the study point out that…
- Forward collision warning systems alone reduced accidents by 23 percent.
- Forward collision warning systems coupled with autonomous emergency braking reduced accidents by 39 percent.
- Seven hundred thousand accidents and 300,000 injuries could have been prevented in 2013 if vehicles were equipped with both forward collision warning systems and autonomous emergency braking.
Unfortunately, these safety features are often optional features that people must purchase separately when buying a new car. Many people do not want to spend the money on these options. Other car owners do not understand how to use them—as well as other safety options—properly, and end up turning them off. Until forward collision warning systems are mandated, many motorists will continue to drive without them.
Drivers will continue to cause accidents by engaging in other unsafe driving practices even if their vehicles are equipped with safety features like forward collision warning systems and autonomous emergency braking. If you were involved in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Call our experienced legal team today at 800.556.8890 to schedule a free consultation.