Safety Technology Auto Advances
Transportation vehicles have seen changes in technology, but not more than in recent years. So for example, automatic brakes from ten years ago are not the same high-tech systems of today. Neither is electronic stabilization control. Hence, it is all a new ball game when compared to just a few years ago.
But there is already evidence that rear-ends crashes have decreased with the newer brakes. The data from a study analyzed police reports of rear-end collisions in 20 states show a lower number of accidents. They used data for the years of 2010 through 2014 that involved vehicles with front crash prevention systems. It showed a 41 percent decrease for this kind of motoring accident.
Then they compared their data with vehicles that had automatic brakes. But not the new technology to determine the percentage.
The study that showed the lower percentage of rear-end crashes was done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The researchers found the auto brakes with warning systems reduced injury in crashes by 47 percent. Authors from the study said when a collision happens the harm will be less because of the reduced speed from the brakes. Another thing, the data showed the driver’s injury risk driving the car with the brakes is as severe as cars with older brake styles.
Rear-end crashes often happen due to driver distraction in California and nationwide, lawyer Michael Ehline said. The new brakes could change the number of crashes by thousands. Furthermore, the driver must be aware and have their attention on the road. When a driver neglects to be alert even with the new brakes crashes will happen.
Ehline, a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, said he thinks the new brakes become less reliable at higher speeds because of some study results. The study showed some earlier systems. Like the Volvo City Safety system that only worked efficiently up to 19 miles per hour. The newer systems will work up to speeds of 30 mph.
Even with the speed factor, researchers believe the systems effective in decreasing crashes at different speed limits. They did note in the study traffic lights, and congestion reduced the actual rate. It’s up to the driver to be responsible, Ehline said. However, in Los Angeles, safety technology can change the number of crashes annually. Like seat belts and airbags have reduced the severity of the accident related injury.