Collision avoidance systems have the potential to significantly decrease accidents rates for drivers in Illinois and throughout the country according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study examined accident data from 2015 along with data on cars that had lane departure warning systems and blind-spot alerts. It found that cars with the collision avoidance systems had 11 percent fewer single-vehicle, side swipe and head-on collisions and 21 percent fewer injury crashes of that nature. The organization said that there would have been over 55,000 fewer injuries in 2015 if all vehicles had lane departure alerts installed.
Other studies that same year looked at data for Volvos in Sweden and trucking fleets in the United States. These studies suggested that accident rates could be cut approximately in half with lane departure warning systems installed. The IIHS said that looking at the three studies also suggested that some drivers may be turning their systems off if they emit a beep, which irritates some drivers, instead of a seat vibration.
Furthermore, most vehicles still do not come with these safety features. Among 2017 model year vehicles, only 9 percent had blind-spot alert systems and 6 percent had lane collision avoidance systems. These safety features are often bundled in with other options that significantly drive up the price of the vehicles.
Most accidents happen because of human error, and since these automatic safety features are not yet common, it is likely that the rate of motor vehicle accidents will continue to be high. Other drivers and passengers may suffer serious injuries in these accidents. While the driver who causes the accident is usually considered to be financially liable, that driver’s insurance company still may not offer enough compensation to injured people. When this happens, victims may want to meet with their attorneys to determine how to proceed.