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Report Finds That Car Safety Tech Can Reduce Backup Crashes

Backup crashes can result in extensive property damage and serious injuries. Children are especially vulnerable in such crashes. However, drivers in Mississippi should know that there is safety tech out there that has been demonstrated to cut down on the number of backup crashes. A report says that rear automatic braking is linked with a 62 percent drop in backup crashes.

The same report claims that a combination of rear automatic brakes, rearview cameras and backup warning sensors will reduce the chance of a backup crash by 78 percent. However, rear automatic brakes are an option on only 5 percent of new vehicle models.

This same combination of technology has been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS gave superior ratings to the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV, both of which have backup warning sensors and reverse automatic braking. Not all vehicles with the technology performed well; one backed into a dummy car parked at an angle when the automatic braking failed to detect it.

Rearview cameras have become mandatory on all new vehicle models in the U.S. Automatic front braking will be considered standard in most vehicles by 2022, yet no similar plan exists for rear automatic brakes. These brakes are meant for avoiding obstacles, but technology may expand to cover pedestrian crashes.

Someone who incurs property damage or injuries in a backup crash can find out from a lawyer if they have the grounds for a personal injury claim. A successful claim could cover the physical damage, medical expenses and any pain and suffering. The lawyer could hire third parties to obtain the police report and any other evidence that can be brought against the defendant, including eyewitness testimony and camera footage. The lawyer could then proceed to negotiate a settlement.