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GM study says automated safety features reduce car crash risk

Drivers in Philadelphia can reduce car crash risks with the help of advanced driver assistance systems. ADAS was the subject of a recent study from General Motors, and though the study focused on GM vehicles, the results have been echoed by other studies covering a broader range.

The study involved 3.8 million vehicles, models years 2013 to 2017, that were involved in crashes. GM and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute compared the crash risk of vehicles with ADAS to those without ADAS. The benefits of automatic emergency braking became clear with AEB almost cutting the number of rear-end collisions by half.

The number of lane departure accidents went down by 20% with lane keep assist when combined with lane departure warning. Furthermore, the number of lane-changing crashes declined by 26% when cars were equipped with lane change alerts and blind-spot alerts.

Combinations of automated safety features always achieved the best results. Reverse AEB, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear-view cameras and rear parking assist, when brought together, lowered the number of back-up collisions by 81%. In a June 2019 study made by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a similar combination was found to reduce back-up crashes by 78%. However, ADAS can be costly to install and even more expensive to repair.

In the event of an accident, a hurt victim may pursue a personal injury case. In Pennsylvania, a plaintiff can recover damages as long as they are less to blame for the crash than the defendant. A lawyer may handle negotiations with the auto insurance company on behalf of the plaintiff.

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