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Front crash prevention a good idea

Maryland residents who are getting ready to buy a new vehicle should opt to get one with front crash prevention. An available option, front crash prevention systems include collision alerts or automatic braking, both of which have been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of rear-end collisions and injuries.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reviewed collision data for models with the options versus the identical models without them installed. It found that cars with automatic braking systems reduced the percentage of police-reported rear-end collisions by 40 percent while frontal collision alerts reduced them by 23 percent. The IIHS reports that if all of the vehicles on the road had automatic braking systems installed, there would have been approximately 700,000 police-reported rear-enders in 2013 alone. The IIHS is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to convince automakers to make the systems standard rather than optional.

The study looked at data from 2010 to 2014 for cars made by Volvo, Honda, Acura, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru. The auto braking systems didn't prevent all rear-end crashes from occurring, but when they did occur they resulted in significantly fewer injuries.

Rear-end collisions can cause people to incur serious head, neck and spinal cord injuries. Safety measures that can significantly reduce the risk of such accidents and injuries are welcome improvements. People who are injured when the car in which they are driving or riding is rear-ended may want to have legal assistance in filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. Damages sought in such an action could include medical expenses and lost income.

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