Rear-end accidents are some of the most common crashes out there, and that’s why people studying crash tests use these to pull together information and figure out which cars are the most reliable. Rear end crashes are very likely to cause severe injuries like whiplash, putting the issue of safety front and center for crash specialists.
Although there has been plenty of focus in recent years regarding technology that could help to prevent front crashes, auto makers have also been looking for ways to minimize or prevent damage from behind accidents as well. These accidents are most likely to occur in parking lots and other similar situations. Some of the early technology developed in these endeavors may help to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
For example, cross traffic alert reduces crashes that occur when someone is backing up by as much as 22%. The combination of sensors and rearview cameras can decrease crash risk by as much as 42%, and rear automatic emergency braking can reduce backing crashes by as much as 78%, compared with vehicles that have none of these features. Six different models were recently analyzed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and they identified that the Subaru Outback and the Cadillac XT5 had a superior rating for their ability to operate safely in reverse.
Insurance data and police reports indicate that the vast majority of vehicle accidents happen at low speed. Subaru and Cadillac ranked the highest because they safely navigated the most challenging obstacle courses while in reverse. Although many auto makers already have rear sensors, beeping alerts and rear cameras, not many offer automatic braking in reverse and this could become a very popular form of crash avoidance in the future.
Consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney is something you should do as soon as possible after you have already been involved in an accident that you believe to be someone else’s fault. The attorney can help you to recover compensation for your lost wages, medical bills and other expenses.