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Preventive technologies reduce rear-end collisions

There are numerous automotive technologies in various stages of development, many offering Texas motorists the hope of improved driving safety. A joint announcement in September 2015 made by IIHS and NHTSA indicates an intent to require all vehicle models in the future to include autobrake systems, a technology that has been shown to be effective in reducing cases of rear-end accidents.

A study that was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that the numbers of rear-end car crashes are impacted by warning systems that alert drivers of forward collisions and by those that automatically brake. In the case of automatic braking, incidences fell by an estimated 40 percent. With warning systems, rear-end collisions were reduced by approximately 23 percent. Another important benefit is that injury accidents are fewer with autobrake technology. In fact, the study estimates that the total of police-reported rear-end car accidents in 2013 could have been reduced by approximately 700,000 if these technologies were standard in all models on the road.

Because of the success of this technology, officials anticipate that rear-end incidents will continue to decline as manufacturers make this a standard feature rather than the option that it currently is. Those wanting to keep their vehicle costs down might forego this safety feature in order to achieve a lower car payment. However, the impact on accident statistics suggests that autobrake and forward collision warning features might have an important effect on insurance pricing for motorists in coming years.

An individual who is rear-ended might think that a lack of serious damage to the vehicle means that everything is fine. However, the force of a blow from behind could cause issues such as whiplash, which might not be immediately apparent. It may be wise to seek medical treatment following such an incident to protect one's health. If complications arise, medical expenses might be addressed through vehicle insurance or through legal action.

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