Auto manufacturers are constantly trying to come up with new systems and features to offer in their models to attract customers. Due to an increased concern about vehicle safety over the past couple of decades, manufacturers have specifically looked for ways to both protect motorists in the event of a crash and to try to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. One feature commonly offered on cars and SUVs is crash avoidance technology.
There are many different types of crash avoidance technologies offered on different types of vehicles. For example, the following are some features a vehicle may have:
Though these systems do not always completely prevent a front collision, in many situations, a resulting impact may be much less severe than if the driver had no warning or assistance at all. Other examples of crash prevention systems include warnings when a driver is about to back over something, warnings when speed is too high on a curve, warnings when a driver is departing their lane, and systems that detect vehicles or objects in a driver’s blind spot.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have touted the general effectiveness of these systems in avoiding crashes. For example, IIHS research showed that electronic stability control technology can reduce the risk of rollover accidents by up to 80 percent and the risk of fatal accidents by over 30 percent.  Some front crash prevention systems were found to reduce insurance claims for bodily injury by approximately 29 percent. 
These crash avoidance technologies are often only included in the more expensive models an auto manufacturer may offer. However, because of the largely successful results of these systems thus far, ten different auto manufacturers have recently pledged  to begin including automatic emergency braking technology as standard on every new vehicle they build. These manufacturers include:
Though these systems do protect motorists from accidents and resulting injuries, they are not infallible. If fact, the following are some things of which motorists using these systems should be aware:
If you have been in a crash due to failed equipment, a negligent driver, or any other reason, please do not hesitate to call a qualified car accident lawyer at The Levin Firm at 215-825-5183 for a free consultation today.
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