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Safety technology can cut the risk of backup crashes

The innovative safety technologies being widely installed in new vehicles may help Louisiana drivers achieve greater peace of mind. According to a recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, backup crashes can be reduced significantly by the introduction of systems such as rear automatic braking. While this braking feature was connected to a 62 percent decrease in backup crashes, it's an option in only 5 percent of new automobiles.

Backup car accidents are reduced by 78 percent when rear automatic braking is combined with the use of rearview cameras and sensors. As of May 2018, all new cars sold in the United States will include rearview cameras as mandatory safety equipment. This is also inspiring the development and installation of other backup safety technologies, include those tested by the IIHS.

Two models in particular, the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV, achieved excellent results in the study through their combination of advanced safety technologies. These types of backup car crashes can be deadly; small children have lost their lives in backup crashes when they were not in the driver's line of sight. Pedestrian issues are partially addressed with rearview cameras. Automatic braking systems, on the other hand, tend to focus on avoiding objects like walls and other cars.

Whether the damage was caused by a backup crash, T-bone collision or front-end accident, the effects can be severe. An individual who has been injured in a crash due to another motorist's dangerous or negligent driving can work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for damages.

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