Pennsylvania roadways may become a safer place in the future if car buyers continue to purchase vehicles with advanced safety features. Statistically, these features have been shown to reduce the number of car accidents. However, buyers should be prepared to pay extra for these systems, both in terms of the purchase price of their cars and in repair costs when they own them.
The market for advanced driver-assistance systems, or ADAS, is set to triple in size just in the next decade alone. ADAS tech includes things such as forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring. They are not as complicated as self-driving systems but are still intended to either take over the car at certain points or give drivers warnings. One study showed that ADAS reduced the amount of car insurance injury claims by 27% and property claims by 19%. Other estimates place their impact lower.
ADAS can add significantly to the cost of the vehicle. Even after drivers pay thousands of dollars for these systems, ADAS features contain complicated sensors that can easily break. If drivers are involved in an accident, the repair bill can be as much as $3,000 higher. This is one of the reasons that insurance companies have not cut their policy prices for drivers who have ADAS in their cars. However, there is a chance that insurance companies may do so in the future as the benefits become apparent.
ADAS can reduce accidents but does not eliminate them. Drivers who have been injured in a car accident may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries. They may want to consult a personal injury lawyer to learn more about how to file a claim with the insurance company. The attorney may negotiate the claim with the insurance company on the client’s behalf to reach a settlement agreement.