The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested electronic driver assist systems from five different brands of vehicles. It outlined its findings in a report called “Reality Check.” After collecting data on both public roads and on a track setting, it was determined that these systems could put drivers and passengers at risk. For instance, the systems could actually steer an Illinois driver into a crash or fail to see a parked car.
The vehicles that were tested included the Tesla Model S and Model 3, the Volvo S-90 and the BMW 5-Series. They are considered to have the best safety systems on the market, which has been reflected in their “superior” ratings in IIHS tests. While the owner’s manuals for these vehicles tell drivers to pay attention while assistance features are engaged, not all drivers read these booklets. Researchers said that while these features can reduce the number and severity of collisions, they don’t work 100 percent of the time.
In March 2018, a crash occurred in California involving a Tesla vehicle that had driver assistance features. This incident showed how technology can be misused. The IIHS will use its research in an effort to create safety ratings for such systems. They will also help to objectively determine the safety of autonomous vehicles as they are released.
Vehicle crashes may lead to serious injuries or property damage. If a driver or passenger is injured in such a crash, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney could explain the benefits of filing a lawsuit such as obtaining compensation for medical bills and other costs related to the crash. Filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitation runs out may help preserve a motor vehicle accident victim’s rights.