New Crash Tests Evaluate Front Crash Prevention Systems

by Carmen Dellutri on November 7, 2013

Naples personal injury attorneyVehicles increasingly come equipped with technology to help you stay safe on the road. Examples include rearview cameras, lane departure prevention, and front crash prevention systems.

To help consumers decide which features to consider and encourage automakers to speed adoption of the technology, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently created new crash tests designed to evaluate how well forward collision warning and automatic braking systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.

As we have previously discussed on this blog, rear-end collisions are some of the most common on the roadway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 percent of accidents are rear-end collisions.

The new crash safety tests rate vehicle models with optional or standard front crash prevention systems as superior, advanced or basic depending on whether they offer autonomous braking, or autobrake, and, if so, how effective it is in tests at 12 and 25 mph. Under the IIHS standards, vehicles rated superior have autobrake and can avoid a crash or substantially reduce speeds in both tests. For an advanced rating a vehicle must have autobrake and avoid a crash or reduce speeds by at least 5 mph in one of two tests.

The first round of testing looked at 74 moderately priced and luxury midsize cars and SUVs. Seven models received the highest rating of superior when equipped with optional autobrake and forward collision warning systems. They are the Cadillac ATS sedan and SRX SUV, Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback wagon, Volvo S60 sedan and XC60 SUV.

Six models earned an advanced rating when equipped with autobrake and forward collision warning. These include the 2014 Acura MDX SUV, Audi A4 sedan and Q5 SUV, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, Lexus ES sedan and the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral collision caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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