Reduction in Rear-End Crashes
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, data shows that new vehicle safety technologies have helped to reduce police-reported crashes. It has been discovered that vehicles equipped with forward collision warnings in California and around the country were able to reduce the number of rear-end crashes in 2013 by 23 percent, and vehicles with automatic braking systems reduced them by 40 percent.
Based on these findings, it has been determined that if all vehicles in the United States had these safety features in 2013, the number of police-reported rear-end crashes would have been reduced by 700,000. This would have resulted in a 13 percent reduction in total crashes for the year. An IIHS representative stated that he believes that continuing improvements in safety will continue to reduce collisions.
Along with fewer crashes, people may also be less likely to suffer injuries or injuries may not be as severe. Whiplash is a common injury for people in rear-end collisions, and it can dramatically reduce someone's productivity. Currently, front crash avoidance systems are optional in vehicles, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the IIHS agreed in 2015 that automatic braking systems should be standard for all automobiles.
While there are a number of new technologies available that can help people avoid getting into a car crash, many vehicles do not have them. These technologies may help to dramatically reduce collisions in the future, but accidents are still very common, resulting in a variety of costs to individuals involved. A person who has been injured in such an accident that was caused by another negligent driver may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for the losses that have been incurred.