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Collision avoidance systems work, if drivers use them

A report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that collision avoidance systems work to prevent motor vehicle accidents on roadways in California and across the United States. A vice president with IIHS analyzed more than 5,000 car accidents that occurred during 2015. She found an 11 percent lower rate of head-on, single car and sideswipe collisions for vehicles in which warning systems were active.

The rate of injury accidents of these types, according to the study, was 21 percent lower in vehicles with collision avoidance systems. According to the IIHS vice president, at least 55,000 injury accidents could have been prevented in 2015 if all passenger vehicles on U.S. roadways were equipped with avoidance systems. She said they work to prevent crashes because they give drivers more time to react to dangerous situations.

In addition to suggesting the effectiveness of collision avoidance systems, the data studied showed that many drivers choose to disable the warning systems in their vehicles. In the IIHS vice president's opinion, drivers may be shutting the systems off because some of them beep. The beeping might be annoying the drivers. The IIHS vice president said lane departure warning systems come standard in only 6 percent of new 2017 vehicles. Blind spot alert systems come standard in just 9 percent of new vehicles. The warning and alert systems are available options in 57 percent of new vehicles, but they are often packaged with other options and can increase the sales price significantly.

The vast majority of in auto accidents are caused by human error. People who have been injured in a collision that was caused by the negligence of another driver might want to meet with an attorney to see what options might be available to obtain compensation for their losses.

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