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Driver duty and collision avoidance systems

In a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, researchers found that collision avoidance systems are effective at preventing many types of car accidents in Colorado and throughout the U.S. The IIHS is a non-profit group, and its focus is on the reduction of injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.

The vice president for research at IIHS said that collision avoidance systems are "saving lives." Furthermore, she added that anti-crash technology warning systems are working as intended. In its study, the IIHS found that collision avoidance systems reduce single-vehicle, side-swipe and head-on car crashes by 11 percent. Moreover, injury inducing car crashes of the same types get reduced by 21 percent when drivers operate vehicles equipped with anti-crash systems.

The findings by IIHS are interesting because they do not just show that collision avoidance systems work. The results also indicate that it's likely that many drivers are disabling the crash avoidance technology. The researchers at IIHS found that car accident and injury reduction numbers were low when compared to findings from other studies that tracked U.S. fleet vehicles and Volvo cars in Sweden. Researchers in those studies found a 50 percent reduction in crash rates when collision avoidance systems were included as a feature in a vehicle and utilized.

Only 6 percent of vehicles sold at this time have lane-departure warning systems as a standard feature on basic models. Furthermore, only 9 percent of new vehicles being sold have blind-spot alert systems as a standard feature.

While collision avoidance systems reduce the likelihood of accidents, they do not eliminate the risk completely. Motorists who have been injured by reckless drivers may reach out to attorneys who can help obtain compensation for damages.

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