As Arizona drivers know, many factors can lead to a dangerous or even deadly highway accident. Even if a driver is highly skilled, unexpected maneuvers by other drivers or sudden changes in vehicle handling can lead to a collision. The driver may be incapable of avoiding such an accident in the moment, but new automotive technology could compensate for such situations and minimize the risks involved.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 28 percent of highway accidents are the result of one vehicle rear-ending another. A further 23 percent are due to being run off the road, while 9 percent are caused by drivers attempting to change lanes. These types accidents can be avoided with the use of vehicle collision avoidance systems. The NHTSA found that sport utility vehicles with collision avoidance technology installed have a risk of such accidents 70 percent lower than those without, while other cars thus protected are 40 percent less endangered. If all semi-trucks were equipped with such technology, well over 4,000 crashes could be prevented each year.