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Research Suggests Increased Car Safety Features Are Leading to Decreased Traffic Injuries

Craig McClellan

Is your vehicle smart enough to keep you from getting into an accident? Studies suggest certain models might be. Preliminary data released by the Highway Loss Data Institute (a branch of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) indicates that some safety systems are cutting down on car accident injury rates.

Updated January 2016

Collision Avoidance Systems

Crash avoidance features are becoming commonplace in today’s automobiles.

Six of the most common safety features are:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Autobrake
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Departure Prevention
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • Blind Spot Detection

Studies on these safety measures have shown a decrease in crash statistics for those using cars with at least one of these features. For example, a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute showed that systems with automatic braking reduced rear-end crashes by an average of 40%, and Forward Collision systems alone reduce them by about 23%.

Autobrake Study Findings

According to the study, if all vehicles had been equipped with a dependable autobrake, there would have been 700,000 fewer police-reported rear-end crashes and 300,000 fewer crash-related injuries. The rate of rear-end injuries was found to decrease by 42% with forward collision warning and autobrake.

Cars That Can Save Your Life

So why doesn’t everyone have a vehicle equipped with all these safety features? One of the biggest deterrents is the increase in price. While newer cars have improved systems and more advanced technology, several older models still stand as some of the safest (and cost effective) cars on the road.

Check them out below:

  • 2012 Toyota Prius
  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2013 Subaru Legacy
  • 2012 Ford Edge
  • 2013 Honda Crosstour

Future Safety Possibilities for Vehicles

Even at this stage, car safety features are impressively advanced. However, the possibilities are ever developing, even to the point of having safety-conscious, self-driving automobiles. Tesla is the most featured car in this category because of its cutting edge technology. While a driver is still required to be in the car with their hands on the wheel, the vehicle has an optional setting which allows the driver to let the car do a majority of the driving. The car speeds up and slows down with incredible accuracy as it senses other vehicles. If the driver wants to make a lane change, he merely has to use the turn signal to indicate which lane and the Tesla will do the rest. More than that, the car has the highest safety rating available.

Is this the future of car safety? Perhaps. It doesn’t mean car accidents won’t happen. If you’ve been injured in a collision, don't hesitate to call our San Diego car accident attorneys at The McClellan Law Firm.