Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is an advanced safety system that is offered in many newer vehicles. It’s an upgrade to regular cruise control that allows the driver to set a speed instead of having to press the accelerator pedal any further. While both functions sound safe and convenient, there may be security risks associated with the newer systems. The Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) recently released a report claiming that ACC actually increases the risk of car accidents.

With ACC, drivers can set a speed and a following distance to the vehicle in front. If the car in front slows down, the ACC brakes automatically or slows down as well. Some ACC systems even have cameras and slow down the vehicle when speed limit changes or tighter turns on the road are displayed.

According to IIHS, the problems arise when drivers abuse the ACC system. The IIHS found that people often set target speeds in excess of the stated limits because they believe that using ACC will protect them from falling. The IIHS reported that ACC can cause over speeding. The study looked at 40 drivers in the Boston area who sat in vehicles with ACC equipment. The IIHS concluded that drivers using ACC were 10 percent more likely to be involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents than manual drivers.

Are Advanced Security Systems Effective?
Motor Trend announced that the best adaptive cruise control systems have a stop-and-go feature that stops the vehicle when traffic comes to a stop. Other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) include blind spot detection, tire pressure warnings, automatic emergency braking, and rear-to-front collision warnings. Many studies show that these systems reduce accidents with motor vehicles. Another study by the IIHS showed that vehicles with blind spot monitoring had 14 percent fewer accidents than vehicles without it.

However, ADAS are not perfect. For example, if you wait at a multi-lane traffic light, the blind spot monitoring system may be activated inappropriately. This can happen when cars in adjacent lanes turn in one direction at the same time. This can lead to a driver being surprised and involved in an accident. Another problem that applies to ACC and other functions is user error. Drivers may be too confident and drive too fast or follow other drivers too closely. Some also turn off the security features because they feel they don’t need them.

Many experts believe that automatic security features have advantages as long as the systems are used properly. An IIHS statistician stated that the safety benefits can be negated if drivers abuse the systems. Another important consideration is cost. Cars and trucks equipped with ADAS cost more than other vehicles, including sales prices, repair and maintenance costs. Longer repair times are also common as the systems are more complex. Some people who own or are thinking of buying ADAS vehicles may wonder if their auto insurance costs will go down, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Is acceleration a common problem?
Even with cars with ACC equipment, drivers are still vulnerable to speeding. Another study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found that 25 percent of fatal car accidents are caused by speeding. In many accidents where speeding is a cause, the speeding is not reported due to other contributing factors, such as drunk driving and distracted driving.

Drivers who drive faster have less time to stop and react to hazards on the road. You also have less control on icy or wet roads, roads with sand or gravel, and winding roads. In addition, accelerating increases the amount of energy released in a crash, making the impact much more severe. This leads to more injuries to vehicle occupants and pedestrians, as well as more vehicle damage. In addition, accelerating makes crash safety features like seat belts and airbags less effective.

How are speeding drivers held accountable?
Not all fast-moving drivers are run over or have accidents. However, speeding motorists can be held accountable if they are caught, especially if their reckless driving results in someone else being injured. Speeding is illegal and anyone caught can face fines, speeding, and license bans. Speeding drivers who cause the death of another person can face potential criminal penalties such as manslaughter and unjustified death.

If a motorist is found to be legally liable for the injury to another person, the driver may have to pay substantial financial damages in addition to the fines imposed. Every driver on every road owes the public a duty of care. This includes responsible decisions at the wheel and compliance with traffic rules. Drivers who violate the duty of care and negligently cause physical or mental damage to another person can also have consequences under civil law, such as: B. a lawsuit for assault.

The majority of drivers have auto insurance policies that protect them from the financial consequences of accidents. However, this does not mean that their responsibilities have expired. If they don’t lose their insurance coverage, their premiums are likely to go up significantly. When the damage they cause is beyond insurance limits, their personal wealth can come into play. In some cases, a liable driver’s money and other personal property may be available to compensate the victim.

What should I do after a speed accident?
Anyone involved in a speeding accident should stay at the collision site. Leaving the scene could result in criminal penalties. The first step is to call 911 and provide the operator with information about any injuries and the location of the crash. Cars should be moved to a safe place if they pose a danger to other road users. An ambulance can be sent if someone is injured and when the police arrive they will ask questions and record information. The police should provide details on how to obtain a copy of an accident report which is important for a future claim.

Drivers should share information, including their licenses and insurance cards. Photographing license plates, vehicle damage, injuries, road conditions, and anything else describing the scene provides helpful evidence for the insurance claim or a potential lawsuit. Car insurance should also be called, but they should just get facts with no elaboration. It is never a good idea to admit mistakes to everyone involved.

When medical care is required, careful record-keeping is essential. Copies of diagnoses, treatment plans, follow-up records, and medical bills should be kept in one file. If the vehicle is damaged it is recommended that it be taken to an independent mechanic or body shop for a quote. Although insurance companies usually recommend their own businesses, a second opinion is a good idea. For additional help with a lawsuit, a car accident victim should use an attorney.

The Delaware auto accident attorneys at McCann & Wall, LLC provide trusted legal advice to clients involved in speed collisions
Advanced automatic security features are useful when used properly. If you’ve been injured by a fast moving driver, contact one of our experienced Delaware auto accident attorneys at McCann & Wall, LLC. Our legal team will investigate the cause of the accident, assess the damage caused and develop a strategy to get the compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at 302-308-7013 or fill out our online form. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, we serve customers across the state including Dover, Newark, and Middletown.