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Study finds automatic emergency braking systems prevent crashes

Vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems are making California roads safer, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study analyzed data from crashes involving General Motors vehicles.

Automatic emergency braking, or AEB, systems warn drivers of an impending front-end collision and automatically apply the brakes if a driver fails to respond, reducing the chances of a rear-end striking collision. In order to find out how well AEB systems work in real-world situations, IIHS researchers cross-referenced data on police-reported rear-end collisions with VINs from GM vehicles both with and without the systems. The models in the study included various types of Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet vehicles made between 2013 and 2015, and GM provided the VINs for the analysis.

The study found that GM vehicles equipped with AEB systems were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end collisions of all severities, 64 percent fewer rear-end collisions that caused injuries and 68 percent fewer rear-end collisions that injured third parties when compared with vehicles that were not equipped with the systems. The findings backed up a previous IIHS study involving the effectiveness of Volvo AEB systems. According to federal data, there were 2.4 million rear-end collisions across the U.S. in 2016, which accounted for one-third of all car accidents. Automakers have pledged to make AEB systems standard on all new passenger cars and trucks by 2022.

Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries and even death. Victims of rear-end striking accidents may find relief by contacting an attorney familiar with car accidents. The attorney might assess the case and help gather evidence supporting a personal injury claim for damages. Common damages sought in such cases include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and property loss. If a victim was killed in the crash, his or her family might have the right to sue the at-fault driver for wrongful death damages.

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