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The slow adoption of collision avoidance systems

While many new cars sold in Florida are equipped with collision avoidance systems, the overall adoption of this technology has been slow. This means that despite the proven effectiveness of these technologies, not as many vehicles have them as safety experts would like.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collision detection systems account for a significant decrease in serious accidents. This is primarily because they warn drivers of dangerous situations and give them time to react accordingly to prevent a collision. The key systems examined in the recent IIHS study were lane-departure systems and blind-spot monitoring. These safety systems decreased side-swipes and head-on collisions by 11 percent. The IIHS stated that if all vehicles had these technologies in 2015, 55,000 injuries would have been prevented.

Driver compliance is another issue. Even though more vehicles are equipped with the technology, many drivers purposefully deactivate those systems. One reason is likely annoyance. This is especially true of the lane-departure assist that emits a beep. Experts indicated that systems that vibrated the seat instead were less likely to annoy drivers, so the drivers were less likely to deactivate them. Drivers may also be unwilling to pay extra for these safety features. They are often included in added packages or more expensive trims, which may add thousands of dollars to the cost of the vehicle.

There is no doubt that safety technologies are decreasing the likelihood of car accidents and saving lives on the road. Despite their usefulness, they do not entirely prevent collisions, and even drivers who have them are not immune to accidents. If a person is injured in a collision, they may file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. The use of a collision detection system does not free at-fault drivers from liability for injuries or damage.

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