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Safety features may help drivers going in reverse

Beginning in May 2018, all new cars in the United States will be required to have backup cameras. Some automakers have also added rear automatic braking systems as well as rear sensors. The goal is to prevent property damage and loss of life in Louisiana and elsewhere. These features were put to the test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The tests looked at how well the vehicles did at reducing their speed and avoiding collisions with the help of these safety systems.

The 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV earned superior ratings while four other vehicles that were tested earned advanced ratings. Currently, only 5 percent of vehicles have rear automatic braking. However, research has shown that this feature can reduce backup accidents by 62 percent. While cameras will become standard in 2018, there is no timetable for making automatic rear braking systems standard features. Automatic front braking systems are set to become standard by 2022.

Features such as rearview cameras may make cars safer to operate. However, people are still generally responsible for knowing what is in their paths whether they are going forward or backward. If a driver acts in a negligent manner when causing an accident to occur, he or she may be liable for the victims' damages. Failing to check a rearview mirror or relying on an automated system to an unreasonable degree may constitute negligence.

Injured victims may ask for compensation to help cover their medical bills and lost wages and future earnings. They may also ask for the cost of renovating a home or car to accommodate their injuries. If an individual passes away, a family member may pursue a wrongful death suit on that person's behalf. An attorney may help a victim better understand his or her rights after a car accident.

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