Vehicle safety features prevent crashes, but flaws remain

| Jul 31, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accident |

Advanced driver-assistance systems, or ADAS, can be found in many new vehicles, and Louisiana drivers who engage the features can greatly benefit. According to LexisNexis Risk Solutions, ADAS vehicles see 27% fewer claims involving bodily injury. Property damage claims go down 19%, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that cars with blind-spot detection are in 14% fewer crashes compared to the same cars without that feature.

ADAS can prevent collisions by first alerting drivers to any accidents that might occur and then applying the brakes via automatic emergency braking if drivers do not respond quickly. Collision warning, blind-spot detection, pedestrian detection and cross-traffic alert are the features that assist in this. ADAS may also include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and traffic-sign recognition.

Though ADAS tech is no doubt effective, many people hesitate to incorporate it into their vehicles because of the high cost. The average repair bill for an ADAS vehicle is twice that of an ordinary vehicle. In addition, drivers should not expect their auto insurance company to provide incentives for the safety tech.

The tech is not even 100% effective: An ADAS vehicle may brake on an on-ramp because it thinks that a vehicle in the next lane is coming toward it, for example. Distraction caused by unreal notions of what ADAS does is another issue.

When motor vehicle accidents are the result of distracted driving or another form of negligence, those who were injured may speak with a lawyer about their options. Louisiana is an at-fault state and holds to the rule of pure comparative negligence, so crash victims can file a personal injury claim no matter their degree of fault or the severity of their injuries. Of course, some cases are going to be stronger than others. Victims may consult a personal injury lawyer about their legal options.