According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, automatic braking technology might work even better than expected. The study used data about vehicles manufactured by GM between 2013 and 2015. Mississippi drivers might be interested in the results of the study as automatic braking becomes more common statewide and is set to be standard equipment everywhere. The study found that vehicles with forward collision alert and front automatic braking systems were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end collision car wrecks than vehicles that lacked the systems.

Additionally, vehicles with the automatic braking systems were involved in 64 percent fewer rear-end collisions that caused injuries and 68 percent fewer with third-party injuries. The study used data about vehicles that had safety systems available as options for the 2013-2015 model year. These included small and large sedans, crossovers and SUVs manufactured by Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac.

An earlier study by the IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute examined Volvo vehicles and made similar findings. For the year 2016, rear-end collisions accounted for approximately a third of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Around 2.4 million such crashes were reported to police that year.

Automakers have pledged to include automatic emergency braking systems as standard equipment by 2022 in all the mainstream models they offer. People who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to examine the details of the case and identify the liable parties. In a case where a car wreck is caused by a malfunctioning system or vehicle defect, the manufacturer might be liable. A lawyer may be able to gather evidence for trial or negotiate a settlement with at-fault parties and insurance companies.  George Ready is that kind of lawyer.  Call us for help with your accidents.