Some Louisiana drivers own vehicles equipped with certain warning systems that are saving lives. These particular systems include lane departure warnings and blind spot alerts. However, drivers across the nation have been slow to adopt the use of these warning systems even the advantages are clear.
A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the use of collision avoidance systems reduce the number of car accidents and injury accidents. The study utilized data from more than 5,000 car accidents that involved the type of collisions the collision warning systems were designed to prevent that occurred in 2015. The numbers showed that there was an 11 percent reduction in vehicles that had the warning systems equipped. They reduced the number of accidents that resulted in injuries by 21 percent.
While the numbers do show that these warning systems save lives, some drivers who have them available actually turn them off. This may be due to the fact that they beep and annoy the driver. Even so, manufacturers are not offering these warning systems as part of the base price on new cars. In fact, only 6 percent of vehicles being sold in 2017 come with lane departure warning systems as standard equipment.
Even if vehicles have collision warning systems installed, car accidents will continue to take place. Statistics show that more than 90 percent of motor vehicle accidents are attributable to human error. This can include drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol, speeding, or distracted by a cellphone. A person who is injured in a crash caused by such a negligent motorist might want to have a lawyer's help when trying to obtain compensation for health care bills and other losses.