Being a safe driver is not a guarantee that you will avoid all accidents here in Naples, Florida. Perhaps you were in an accident recently and are wondering if personal injury protection will cover all of your losses.
While you may be able to file a third-party insurance claim, there is also the question of how to stay safer in the future. To this end, advanced driver-assistance systems may be of benefit. The market research firm MarketsandMarkets foresees that the global market for ADAS will experience an annual growth of 12% from $27 billion in 2020 to $83 billion in 2030.
How ADAS can improve safety
Advanced driver-assistance systems do just that: They assist with driving rather than replace the driver. They use cameras and sensors to detect any people, vehicles or objects with which the car might collide and, then, alert the driver. If drivers do not react in time, ADAS can brake for them. The features alluded to here include:
- Forward- and rear-collision warning
- Blind-spot detection
- Cross-traffic alert
- Pedestrian detection systems
Automatic emergency braking will apply the brakes for drivers when a forward collision is imminent. In addition, ADAS can come with lane-departure warning, road sign recognition devices and adaptive cruise control. Vehicles with ADAS, according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions, can reduce the number of bodily injury claims by 27% and property damage by 19%.
ADAS can be expensive
The safety benefits can be outweighed, for some, by the cost. Cameras and sensors are not cheap to repair or replace. Most insurance companies are too skeptical of the benefits of ADAS to start providing discounts to drivers who incorporate them. Ultimately, drivers need to decide for themselves whether to purchase ADAS or not after first testing them out.
A lawyer to help you recover damages
Right now, of course, your concern is pursuing a personal injury case so that you may be compensated for your medical expenses, vehicle repair or replacement expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses. A lawyer may give your case personal attention, helping you to gather proof against the defendant and negotiate for a settlement.