Automakers use the term Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to refer to any vehicle safety features that actively help in preventing vehicle damage and accidents. Car owners in New York who have such features are probably the best judges of their effectiveness, but they should know that most are satisfied with the features, according to a study from J.D. Power.
More than half said that ADAS helped prevent a crash within the first 90 days of owning the vehicle. In particular, 49% claimed that the blind spot alert helped them avoid a collision. This feature is made up of sensors that warn a driver when a vehicle is in a blind spot. These sensors also warn against traffic when drivers are backing up.
Backup cameras and parking sensors were effective for 42% of respondents in the study. It should be noted that backup cameras are required for all new vehicles in the U.S. More than a third mentioned either their forward collision alert or automatic emergency braking as helping in crash prevention. The former sets off lights and alarms when a driver is coming up too fast to a vehicle, and the latter applies the brakes for drivers. Many of these features are available for vehicles in all price ranges. However, any accidents that occur will leave drivers with damage to costly sensors.
If drivers incur not only vehicle damage but also physical injuries, they may want to see about filing a personal injury claim. A case evaluation from a lawyer may help determine how much they might receive in compensation. Damages could include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.