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Accident avoidance technology can cut crash rate

Drivers and passengers on North Carolina roadways could find increased safety with the use of collision avoidance technology. Lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts can significantly cut the number of vehicle accidents and resulting injuries, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Researchers analyzed over 5,000 accidents that took place in 2015, focusing specifically on the types of auto crashes that these technologies are made to prevent. They also examined what happened in vehicles that had the systems installed. For vehicles with warning systems installed, the rate of one-car, sideswipe and head-on collisions was cut by 11 percent.

Of even greater significance for highway safety, injury crashes in which a person was injured by the collision were cut by 21 percent when the collision avoidance technologies were present. The IIHS estimates that if all vehicles had lane departure warning systems installed at the time, over 55,000 injuries could have been avoided. They noted that the systems give drivers time to avoid a crash and can therefore have a big influence in stopping collisions that could be deadly or lead to serious personal injuries. However, the researchers also expressed concern that some drivers may switch off the systems, perhaps due to an annoying beeping sound.

Avoiding crashes is particularly important because of the havoc they can wreak. Car accidents caused by drunk, distracted or other negligent drivers can lead to devastating effects on a person's life. People who have been injured in a car accident through no fault of their own can consult a personal injury lawyer to find out how they can pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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