On July 2, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS)y released a report indicating that some state of the art lane departure warning systems, particularly systems in Mercedes and Buick vehicles increase the chance of an insurance claim. Volvos tested with lane departure systems did show reduced incident of auto claims. However, the institute report suggests that Volvo’s better test result may be attributed to an auto brake system on the Volvos tested. A lane warning system sends a warning when a perceived unintended lane departure occurs, but does not prevent unintended lane changes.

Attempting to explain these findings, Matt Moore, vice president of HLDI, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) observed:
“Lane departure warning may end up saving lives down the road, but so far these particular versions aren’t preventing insurance claims.” Mr. Moore then hypothesized: “It may be that drivers are getting too many false alarms, which could make them tune out the warnings or turn them off completely. Of course, that doesn’t explain why the systems seem to increase claim rates, but we need to gather more data to see if that’s truly happening.” David Zuby, chief research officer points out that lane prevention systems have not been analyzed and may produce more promising statistics. “The lane departure prevention systems are newer and less common than the warning systems, so we’ll have to wait for more data before we can look for a pattern there”, He said.

RIchard Rizk, is a personal injury attorney from Portland, Oregon who resolves auto injury claim on behalf of those injured in an traffic collision.