Many auto manufacturers have developed crash avoidance systems to help drivers avoid car accidents, but what is the real effect of this type of safety technology?
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported there were 2,700 rear-end car accident fatalities from 2011 to 2012, and estimated that 2,200 of those deaths could have been prevented if the vehicles involved were equipped with crash avoidance systems.
If you are thinking about buying a new vehicle, here is some important information regarding crash avoidance systems.
DYNAMIC BRAKE SUPPORT CAN HELP LOWER THE NUMBER OF CAR ACCIDENTS
Dynamic brake support (DBS) is a safety system with sensors and cameras that detect hazardous situations and help a driver brake during an emergency.
The DBS system pre-charges your brakes, so that when you press down on the brakes, your vehicle comes to a stop in the fastest time possible.
AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING
An automatic emergency braking (AEB) system is equipped with similar sensors and cameras to a DBS system, but instead of faster braking, this system actually takes over and applies the brakes without you having to do anything.
The AEB system automatically applies the brakes when it senses an obstacle that could result in a collision. The system typically sounds an alert to warn you of a potential collision, then engages the brakes if you don’t take evasive action.
LANE DEPARTURE AVOIDANCE
Lane departure avoidance can help prevent one of the most common causes of car accidents: a vehicle drifting out of its lane.
With a lane departure avoidance system, you are alerted when your car begins to drift into an adjacent lane so that you can take immediate action.
Some of the more sophisticated lane departure systems also include ‘Lane Keep Assist,’ which will automatically steer the car back to its rightful lane when it begins to drift, and ‘Lane Centering Assist,’ which keeps your vehicle centered in its current lane.
FILING AN ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIM
Despite the advancements of crash avoidance systems, the truth is that most car accidents are the result of human error. Regardless of technology, car accidents will continue to occur because the human factor can override any safety system.
If you have suffered serious injuries, you have the right to file an accident injury claim, and the team at Miller Kory Rowe LLP can help you obtain the justice you deserve. Please call us today at for a free legal consultation.