Cars, pickup trucks and SUVs with advanced semi-autonomous safety systems are becoming increasingly popular in Texas, and recent studies suggest that these features may be preventing accidents and saving lives. The systems can stop vehicles from drifting out of their lanes and apply their brakes automatically to avert a collision. Researchers from a leading data analytics company say that driver aids can reduce accident injuries by 27% and decrease property damage claims by 19%.
The market for advanced safety systems is growing rapidly
The global market for advanced driver-assist systems is currently worth about $27 billion, but this figure is expected to rise to $83 billion in the next 10 years. Features like lane departure warning and automatic braking systems were only installed in expensive luxury models just a few years ago, but they can now be found in entry-level vehicles. Consumers are demanding this technology because a growing body of evidence indicates that it works. According to figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 50,000 accidents and 16,000 injuries would be prevented if every passenger vehicle in America was equipped with cameras capable of monitoring driver blind spots.
Safety technology can save money as well as lives
Motor vehicle accidents cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars each year in health care costs, emergency service bills and lost workdays. When a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University studied these figures, he concluded that advanced driver aids could reduce the nation’s annual traffic accident bill by as much as $264 billion. However, the technology does have its drawbacks. These features can add thousands of dollars to passenger vehicle sticker prices. In addition, the cameras, sensors and complex electronics can be easily damaged in a collision.
Car safety systems can provide evidence of negligence
If you have been injured in an auto accident and decide to pursue civil remedies, your personal injury attorney could find out if the at-fault driver was behind the wheel of a modern vehicle equipped with advanced driver aids. If they were, your attorney may seek to obtain the information from the vehicle’s onboard data recorder. This electronic evidence could reveal how fast the vehicle was traveling when it crashed and what steps its driver took to avoid a collision.