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How AEB, blind spot alert and other ADAS are saving lives

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are safety features on new vehicles that are meant to help drivers avoid accidents. New car owners in North Carolina may have already seen the benefits of ADAS for themselves. According to a study from J.D. Power, more than half of new car owners were able to prevent a crash through ADAS in the first 90 days of owning the vehicle.

It turns out that 49% avoided a crash thanks to blind spot alert, while 42% could credit backup cameras and parking sensors with it. Backup cameras can be found in all new vehicles. Lastly, 35% of participants in the study said that the forward collision alert or automatic emergency braking helped them avert a crash.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which is responsible for setting vehicle safety standards, supports ADAS and says that these can save the lives of not only drivers but also pedestrians. Some sensors can pick up pedestrians, bicyclists and large animals for drivers who are backing out of parking lots.

Other ADAS include lane centering devices and lane departure warning systems. The first keeps a car in its lane, while the other warns a driver not to change lanes without the turn signal. With adaptive cruise control, drivers can maintain a safe speed and distance from other vehicles.

However, there are drivers who become complacent when using ADAS, thinking that these devices can take over their responsibilities. When motor vehicle accidents are caused by distracted or drowsy drivers, they can provide the material for a personal injury claim. North Carolina is one of only a few states that follows the rule of contributory negligence; thus, anyone who is deemed even 1% at fault for a crash cannot recover damages. Victims may want a lawyer to evaluate their case.

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