How Safe Are Crash Avoidance Systems? (Pt. 1)

One of the more prominent technological advancements that car manufacturers are advertising and that consumers are particularly interested in these days are crash avoidance systems, which are (as their name implies) systems intended to help reduce the incidence/severity of traffic collisions. These systems, which tend to cost extra, can come in various forms, some of the most popular of which include blind spot detection systems, lane departure systems and front/rear collision detection systems.

Researchers estimate that as many as 1 in 5 motor vehicle accidents could be prevented if all cars were equipped with crash avoidance systems.
Researchers estimate that as many as 1 in 5
motor vehicle accidents could be prevented if
all cars were equipped with crash avoidance

While many motorists may have heard about these systems, few are aware of the specific statistics and facts regarding how safe these crash avoidance systems are (i.e., how likely they are to prevent collisions or mitigate the possibility of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents). Here and in a second part of this blog, we will take a look at some of these statistics, as well as some of the possible limitations of these technologies, to give you a better idea of how safe these systems really are.

The Statistics: How Often Crash Avoidance Systems Prevent Car Accidents

The following facts and statistics regarding the effectiveness of crash avoidance technologies have been compiled by various credible researchers and organizations (including, but not limited to, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, etc.):

  • About 33 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents and approximately 20 percent of all injury collisions could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with the primary crash avoidance systems available today (namely, front collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot detection systems and adaptive headlights).
  • Of all of the crash avoidance technologies available today, front collision warning systems have been spotlighted as being the most effective when it comes to preventing (or mitigating the severity of) motor vehicle accidents.
  • Lane departure systems, however, have been named to be the most effective when it comes to preventing fatal motor vehicle accidents.
  • If crash avoidance systems were installed on larger trucks, researchers estimate that up to 28 percent of all truck accidents and about 20 percent of all fatal truck accidents could be prevented each year.

Be sure to look for the upcoming second part of this blog for a discussion regarding the limitations of crash avoidance systems.

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