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Collision avoidance systems can cut injury rates

Lane departure warning systems, blind spot alerts and other collision avoidance systems can have a strongly beneficial effect on Ohio roadway safety, according to a study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that these systems can seriously cut the number of car crashes and injuries.

The IIHS studied over 5,000 car accidents that took place in 2015, focusing on the types of crashes that these warning systems were designed to help prevent. In cars with the collision avoidance systems installed, the rate of one-car, sideswipe and head-on collisions was decreased by 11 percent. Even more significantly, however, cars with the technology installed had a 21 percent lower chance of injury accidents.

The IIHS said that these results indicate that if all vehicles had collision avoidance systems in 2015, over 55,000 preventable injuries could have been stopped. By giving drivers time to act to prevent a car wreck before it happens, these systems can prevent fatal accidents, said the IIHS. The researchers compared the outcomes of this study with those of similar technology conducted on trucking fleets and Swedish Volvo cars. The other two studies found cuts in accident rates of approximately 50 percent, and researchers speculate that the gap in beneficial results may be caused by drivers turning off the warning systems due to being annoyed by the beeping sounds.

Car wrecks can result in catastrophic injuries to occupants of the vehicles that are involved. Victims often need prolonged and expensive medical care and treatment, during which time they are unable to earn a living. If the collision was caused by another driver, a personal injury attorney can often assist in seeking appropriate compensation.

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