California residents may be wondering about the pros and cons of crash avoidance technology. More new vehicles are coming with advanced driver-assistance systems, or ADAS, and the global market for it is said to grow from $27 billion in 2020 to $83 billion by 2030 according to MarketsandMarkets.
ADAS features include collision warning, cross-traffic alert, pedestrian and blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. With this tech, drivers can maintain a safe distance from cars, remain firmly in their lane and know when it’s safe to change lanes. They can be alerted to an impending collision and have the car apply the brakes in case their reactions are not quick enough.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has discovered that ADAS vehicles are involved in 27% fewer claims involving physical injuries and 19% fewer claims for property damage. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, comparing vehicles with blind-spot detection to the same models without it, said the ADAS vehicles are in 14% fewer accidents.
Still, ADAS tech has not convinced auto insurers to start providing discounts to those drivers who use it. The features may not work every time, and even worse, some drivers who are ignorant of the limitations to ADAS may become complacent and distracted behind the wheel.
Those who have a personal injury case involving a negligent driver may want a lawyer to evaluate it. There can be a lot of complexities to navigate, but a lawyer and a team of crash investigators and medical experts may provide valuable assistance. The lawyer may be able to negotiate for a settlement covering medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and more, taking the case to court as a last resort.