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Rear automatic brakes and other tech can reduce backup crashes

Rear automatic brakes are a feature option on only 5 percent of new vehicles, but they can reduce the risk of backup crashes by 62 percent. The same risk goes down by 78 percent if rear automatic brakes are combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors. This is the finding of a report released back in February 2018. Nevada drivers may want to consider the benefits of the technology when making a new car purchase.

This is an important development because backup crashes often lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. Children are especially vulnerable because they are not always seen from the rearview mirror. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported on how effective the combination of the three safety features can be. For example, the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV were given superior ratings for avoiding collisions and reducing vehicle speeds.

Safety tech is becoming more and more standardized. Beginning in May 2018, rearview cameras have become mandatory for all new vehicle models in the U.S. Front automatic braking will become standard in most vehicles by 2022; however, there are no similar prospects for rear automatic braking. Currently, rear automatic braking is focused on avoiding collisions with obstacles rather than pedestrians, but the technology may soon expand to include the latter.

While the number of car accidents can be reduced, safety tech cannot eliminate them altogether. Someone who is to blame for an accident can become open to a third-party insurance claim. A potential claimant may want to have their case evaluated by a lawyer before moving forward.

John P. Aldrich
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