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Study shows collision avoidance systems prevent accidents

Michigan drivers whose vehicles include a collision avoidance system may be safer than those whose vehicles do not. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2015, vehicles that had these warning systems had a rate of single-vehicle head-on and sideswipe crashes that was 11 percent lower than in vehicles that did not have this feature. Furthermore, for injury crashes of the same type, the injury rate was cut by 21 percent in vehicles that had this technology.

The study looked at more than 5,000 accidents from 2015 that were caused by drifting into another lane or blind spots. These are both accidents that these collision systems can prevent. If all vehicles had this technology, the IIHS estimated that there would have been more than 55,000 fewer injuries in motor vehicle accidents that year. Two other studies of 2015 data, one conducted in the United States and one in Sweden, found that warning systems for lane departures cut accident rates roughly in half.

Unfortunately, some drivers turn off their warning systems. The vice president for research at IIHS said this may be because some systems beep as an alert instead of using a seat vibration, and some drivers may find this annoying. Another issue is that too few vehicles include these warning systems as standard equipment.

Without these warning systems in place, there will continue to be serious car accidents that cause severe injuries each year. When people are injured in one of these accidents and are not at fault, they might assume that the driver who caused the accident will be responsible for paying for their medical expenses and vehicle repair. If the insurance company does not offer enough compensation, an injured person may want to talk to an attorney about whether the filing of a lawsuit would be advisable.

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