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Report shows safety features work

A lane departure warning or blind spot warning system in a vehicle could reduce the odds that it is involved in an accident on a West Virginia road. It could also reduce the odds that an individual is hurt in the event of an accident. These were the two main takeaways from a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to the IIHS, there would have been 55,000 fewer injuries in 2015 if all vehicles were equipped with a lane departure warning system.

However, only 6 percent of 2017 model year cars came with lane departure warning systems standard. Only 9 percent of such vehicles came with blind spot warning capabilities. This is despite the fact that there were 6 million motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2015. In 57 percent of vehicles for sale, these features are included as an upgrade to a standard model.

Researchers also found that people were disabling their lane departure system if they had one. This was because the systems made a beeping noise that drivers may have found to be annoying.

Occupants of other vehicles who are injured in a car accident caused by the negligent driving of another motorist often have to face months of expensive medical care and treatment. In many cases their financial situations are worsened by an inability to return to work for prolonged periods, if at all. An attorney representing an injured victim can often use evidence such as the police investigation report and eyewitness testimony to identify the party who should bear financial responsibility.

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