On average, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S. every year. That is roughly 16,438 per day. Over 37,000 Americans die in automobile crashes per year, according to the National Highway Transportation Administration.
Advances in vehicle safety technology mean that substantial numbers of these crashes, injuries, and deaths could be prevented. Examples of such technologies include: braking systems designed to shorten a vehicle’s stopping distance; systems that warn the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane; blind spot vehicle detection systems; and, systems that can detect when a crash is imminent and automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to do so. These safety systems are known in the industry as as crash avoidance technologies (CAT) or crash avoidance systems (CAS).