Automakers have long touted the benefits of advanced driver-assistance systems, though there are, of course, some drawbacks and some flaws that need to be worked out. Drivers in North Carolina should know that ADAS are here to stay. In 2020, the global market for ADAS has been calculated to be around $27 million. By 2030, the market research firm MarketsandMarkets expects it to reach $83 billion.

By alerting drivers to an impending crash, ADAS can reduce property damage claims by 19% and bodily injury claims by 27%, according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions. The features, which range from forward and rear collision warning to blind-spot and pedestrian detection, can alert drivers both when they are traveling and when they are backing up from a parking lot.

If drivers are not quick enough in their reaction, then the automatic emergency braking kicks in and applies the brakes for them. Besides this, ADAS can adjust a vehicle’s speed based on traffic thanks to adaptive cruise control, and it can prevent lane drifting via lane departure warning. Traffic-sign recognition lets drivers know about reduced speed limits, pedestrian crossings and more.

There can be times, though, when ADAS can make wrong judgments. It may think, for instance, that a vehicle in the next lane on an on-ramp is coming toward it. Another thing is that simply having ADAS means nothing if drivers do not turn it on. On the other hand, many who turn it on become over-reliant on it and more easily distract themselves as a consequence. Lastly, high installation costs turn many vehicle owners away.

Whether the other driver was distracted or negligent in some other way, crash victims may have good grounds for a personal injury case; it all depends on what an attorney might say. If victims retain legal representation, they may find the process of filing a claim and negotiating a settlement to go more smoothly. Personal injury lawyers tend to have a network of crash investigators and other third parties who may help gather evidence of negligence, such as the police report or phone records.