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Study looks at the effectiveness of emergency braking systems

Missouri drivers who have access to automatic braking systems may be safer. After doing a study of General Motors vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that motorists with this safety feature had significantly fewer accidents.

GM offers both a Forward Collision Alert system, which lets the driver know when is a crash is about to happen but does not take action, and a Front Automatic Braking system, which brakes if an accident is about to happen. Vehicles that had these systems had 64 percent fewer rear-end injury crashes. Rear-end crashes in which a third party was injured were 68 percent lower.

In 2016, police received reports of 2.4 million rear-end crashes. In all, they constituted around one-third of all crashes. The IIHS study backed other studies that have shown automatic emergency braking systems are effective in other manufacturers’ vehicles as well. By 2022, automatic braking is supposed to be a standard feature in all mainstream models.

When a motor vehicle accident does happen, it can lead to serious injuries. The at-fault driver could be held financially responsible for all related damages. Usually, a driver’s insurance company is supposed to pay compensation in such cases, but a driver may be underinsured or uninsured, or the insurance company might refuse to pay. There could be a dispute about who was at fault, or the compensation offered might be too little. This is why a crash victim way want to retain legal representation. An attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit if necessary.