Rear-end crashes are one of the most common types of U.S. motor vehicle accidents and occur frequently throughout West Virginia. A report from the Department of Transportation indicated that more than 20 percent of U.S. crashes are rear-end accidents. These rear-end collisions cause around 4.7 percent of annual car accident fatalities. While accident reports show a high number of crashes, the DOT also estimates that around 1.7 million rear-end accidents happen each year that go unreported.
A rear-end accident lawyer knows that prevention of such collisions could save lives and prevent millions of injuries. Drivers need to pay careful attention to the road and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the lead car in an effort to prevent rear-end accidents. Technologies are also being developed that are designed to stop these types of accidents from happening.
What Types of Rear-End Collision Prevention Systems Work Best?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a report on different types of collision prevention systems.
The report revealed that an early warning collision avoidance system could reduce the chances of a crash happening by 80.7 percent. The reason this is such a significant reduction is because the vast majority of rear-end accidents happen due to drivers who are not paying attention to the road. When these motorists receive a warning from the collision prevention system, it focuses their attention and allows them to take action to try to stop the crash from happening.
The report also showed that an early warning collision avoidance system could reduce the severity of accidents that do happen by 96.5 percent. The crashes are much less serious when a driver receives a warning because the warning makes it possible for the driver to slow down. This reduces the kinetic energy of the vehicles so when the car strikes an object in front of it, there is less force and thus less damage to the occupants inside of the vehicle.
While the data clearly shows these crash prevention systems make a difference, not all systems are created equally. The collision warning systems have different approaches to alerting drivers, including visual and auditory displays. The NHTSA report shows that auditory displays were more effective than visual displays in getting drivers to respond to legitimate warnings. The auditory displays also resulted in fewer false alarms that the drivers responded to.
The algorithms and parameters used to determine when a driver is issued a warning also need to work effectively in order to reduce the chances of false positives and give the drivers time to react. One algorithm that has been found to be especially promising in crash avoidance technologies takes into account the initial distance between vehicles in deciding the time and distance at which a warning should be issued to a motorist about an impending collision.
As more research is done into how collision avoidance systems should be designed, these systems should get better and the number of rear-end accidents should decline.
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