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Automatic emergency braking systems prevent crashes

Arizona vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems are much less likely to become involved in rear-end striking collisions according to a new study. The study was conducted by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and focused on General Motors vehicles.

The purpose of the study was to determine if AEB systems are truly effective at preventing rear-end collisions. To do this, IIHS researchers cross-referenced police-reported car accidents with vehicle VIN numbers, which were supplied by GM, to determine how often vehicles with and without AEB systems are involved in rear-end crashes. The GM vehicles included in the study were various Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet models manufactured between 2013 and 2015.

Researchers found that GM vehicles equipped with AEB systems and front-collision alert systems were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end striking accidents of all severities when compared to vehicles without crash prevention systems. The vehicles were involved in 64 percent fewer rear-end crashes that caused injuries and 68 percent fewer rear-end crashes that caused injuries to a third party. Previous studies by IIHS and other agencies have also found that AEB systems reduce accidents. All automakers have agreed to make AEB systems standard in all new model vehicles beginning in 2022.

According to federal data, there were 2.4 million rear-end collisions across the U.S. in 2016, which accounted for one-third of all crashes. These types of accidents are often caused by negligent drivers, including distracted drivers, drunk drivers and reckless drivers. When someone is injured in a car accident caused by another driver, he or she has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover medical expenses, lost wages and other losses. An attorney may review the details of a crash, help prepare a claim and work to obtain a fair settlement on behalf of the victim.

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