The global market for advanced driver-assistance systems is growing, and more and more vehicles are coming with them. Drivers in Texas should know that according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions, ADAS can lower the frequency of bodily injury claims by 27% and property damage claims by 19%.
How ADAS features work is simple. For example, forward collision warning will alert a driver to an impending collision, and if the driver does not react in time, the automatic emergency braking system will kick in. There are also rear collision warning systems, cross-traffic alerts and pedestrian detection systems to keep everyone safe when vehicles are, for example, backing out of parking spaces.
ADAS can also come with adaptive cruise control, which automatically keeps a safe distance from other vehicles, and with traffic-sign recognition, which lets drivers know about pedestrian crossings, railroad crossings, construction zones, reduced speed limits and so on. It’s obvious how these features can all contribute to safer driving and fewer accidents. Yet there are a few drawbacks.
For one thing, not every driver with an ADAS-equipped turns the features on. Second, the technology, which can consist of numerous sensors and cameras, is costly, and insurance companies are far from ready to give discounts to those who install it. The tech can experience glitches as well.
Some car accidents even occur because of ADAS, not in spite of them. Studies have shown how drivers, relying too much on the tech, let themselves be distracted behind the wheel. Victims of a distracted driver can file a claim against that driver’s insurance provider, though, and if they are successful, they could be reimbursed for their medical bills and other losses. A lawyer may help by hiring investigators to gather evidence and by negotiating for a settlement out of court.