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Drivers laud the safety benefits of crash prevention features

Vehicles featuring advanced safety systems are becoming increasingly popular in Wyoming and around the country, and a survey conducted in 2018 by the marketing research firm J.D. Power suggests that most vehicle owners are convinced that features like automatic braking systems, backup cameras and blind spot monitors help to prevent accidents. More than half of the drivers polled who purchased cars equipped with these systems told researchers that they had helped them to avoid a crash during their first three months of ownership.

Compiling accurate statistics about the effectiveness of accident avoidance systems is difficult because data is not gathered when crashes do not happen. While auto manufacturers report that orders for replacement parts are lower when vehicles are equipped with autonomous and semi-autonomous safety features, some studies suggest the technology actually causes accidents because drivers believe it is more capable than it actually is.

Auto manufacturers including general Motors and Volvo believe that autonomous vehicle systems could one day eliminate car accident fatalities entirely, and they are working toward this goal by making the technology far more accessible. Advanced safety features that were once only available to luxury car buyers can now be found in economy models, and carmakers have vowed to include automatic braking systems on all of their vehicles by 2022 even though regulations do not require them to.

Many modern automobile safety systems store the information gathered by their sensors and cameras on hard drives fitted under the hood. This data might provide crucial clues to accident investigators, and it may also help experienced personal injury attorneys to establish liability in lawsuits filed on behalf of road users who suffered injury, loss or damage. Automobile black boxes might reveal how fast vehicles were traveling when they crashed and whether or not drivers attempted to avoid collisions by taking evasive action.

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