Not all fatal car crashes are head-on collisions.
It may be surprising to learn that rear-end collisions cause a significant amount of deaths. According to the National Travel Safety Board (NTSB) in 2012 alone, more than 1.7 million rear-end crashes occurred on our nation’s highways, resulting in more than 1,700 fatalities.
In fact, the problem of rear-end collisions is so pervasive, that the NTSB conducted studies to determine whether cars equipped with forward collision avoidance systems can help to reduce the number of rear-end crashes.
In today’s post we’ll take a look at what they found.
What Are Forward Collision Avoidance Systems?
A forward collision avoidance system (“FCA”) is a mechanical system in cars that uses radar technology and camera sensors to help drivers avoid accidents.
The system works by first detecting the closeness of other vehicles or pedestrians and then automatically reducing the speed of the car while alerting the driver of potential danger of an impact.
Can Forward Collision Avoidance Systems Prevent Rear-End Crashes?
The significance of the problem of rear-end collisions has been known for well over 20 years now.
Reports analyzing the problem and the effectiveness of FCAs indicate that by itself, forward collision warning reduces rear-end crashes by 23 percent.
If a car has both an FCA system and automatic braking, however, reports indicate that the prevention rate rises to 30 percent.
The NTSB’s most recent study into the problem concluded that collision avoidance systems can indeed help prevent rear-end crashes.
So why are there still so many fatal rear-end crashes?
Because, says the NTSB, not enough cars are equipped with FCAs as a standard safety feature.
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