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Reducing backup crashes with car safety tech

North Carolina residents who are on the market for new cars may want to consider the benefits of rear automatic braking. This is because a report has shown that this technology can reduce the chance of a backup crash by 62 percent. If the brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors, that same risk goes down by an estimated 78 percent.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested this same combination of safety tech. It gave superior ratings to the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV as well as advanced ratings to four other cars for their effectiveness in collision avoidance and vehicle speed reduction. One vehicle failed to engage the automatic brakes and collided with a dummy car parked at an angle, so there is room for improvement.

The technology can still go a long way to prevent crashes with obstacles and pedestrians. Backup crashes are especially deadly for young children, who often cannot be seen while behind a vehicle. At the moment, however, there are no plans to make rear automatic braking standard for new vehicles. It is an option for only 5 percent of new vehicle models.

In May 2018, rearview cameras became mandatory on all new vehicles in the U.S. Front automatic brakes are expected to become standard on most vehicles by 2022.

Safety features cannot entirely prevent car accidents. However, accident victims who have been injured through little or no fault of their own may be eligible for compensation. A lawyer could hire experts to find proof against the defendant and determine the extent of the victim's injuries.

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