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New technology may be reducing rear-end collisions in Ohio

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, automobiles that have front crash avoidance systems have been very effective at reducing the number of rear-end crashes. Based on police-reported crash data, the institute determined that vehicles with automatic braking technology lowered rear-end crashes by 40 percent, and automobiles equipped with forward collision warning systems reduced rear-end crashes by 23 percent.

Researchers looked at police reports for rear-end crashes spanning from 2010 to 2014. Reports came from 22 states, and crashes involving vehicles made by Acura, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Volvo were analyzed. By comparing rear-end crash rates of models with front crash preventing technology to those without it, it was determined that crash avoidance technologies have been very effective.

This research reflects the findings of another study using insurance claim rates. In addition to reducing the number of rear-end collisions, it also appears that these safety features may also reduce injury rates when accidents happen. Collision warning systems and automatic braking systems may be able to lessen someone's chances of being hurt by reducing the speed of the vehicle and thus the severity of a crash.

While new technologies are helping to reduce the number of accidents that take place, collisions are still far too common. When a car crash is caused by a distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent motorist, injured victims often face high medical expenses as well as the loss of wages resulting from an inability to return to work. In many such cases a personal injury attorney can assist such a victim in seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist.

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