Vehicle safety features: their pros and cons

| Jul 22, 2020 | Firm News |

You may have been injured in a car accident in New Orleans or elsewhere in southern Louisiana, and now you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim. The case may be a complex one as it could have been that the other driver had an advanced driver-assistance system in place. ADAS are known for their safety benefits, yet there are flaws.

In any event, ADAS are not going away. According to a market research firm, the global market for ADAS will grow to $83 billion by 2030, compared to $27 billion in 2020. That comes to an annualized growth rate of 12%.

What ADAS can do for drivers

Advanced driver-assistance systems can reduce bodily injury claims by 27% and property damage by 19%, according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions. One device, called forward collision warning, can alert drivers to an impending collision, and if drivers do not apply the brakes in time, a feature called automatic emergency braking can do it for them. ADAS can also avoid collisions when drivers are backing up using features like:

  • Rear collision warning
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Blindspot detection
  • Pedestrian detection system

That’s not all. ADAS can make long road trips more relaxing with adaptive cruise control, and with traffic-sign recognition, they can alert drivers to school zones, pedestrian crossings and construction areas.

Cost and other drawbacks of ADAS

Most auto insurance companies remain skeptical of the claims that ADAS can reduce the number of accidents, so drivers should not expect insurance discounts anytime soon. The cost of installing, repairing and replacing ADAS can be high.

Besides that, the technology is not perfect. When traveling up an on-ramp, for instance, the automatic brakes may mistakenly think that a vehicle in the next lane will collide with drivers. ADAS also do no good if drivers never switch them on.

Proving negligence and achieving a settlement

To file a personal injury claim, you will need to prove the other driver was negligent. Drivers can become inattentive through an over-reliance on ADAS, and this could form part of your case. In any event, you may want a lawyer to assist with each step, including settlement negotiations.