Approximately 1.3 million people die in car accidents each year. To break that number down farther, that is about 3,287 deaths a day due to car accidents. The reasons for these accidents range from diverted attention to unavoidable collisions. However, there may be new technology to protect those who may get into an accident due to another driver’s diverted attention or inability to sufficiently brake when necessary. What if there was some technological advancement that helped prevent car crashes? If you or a loved one have been injured by the negligence of another in a car accident, contacting an experienced Albuquerque personal injury attorney is very important and could be extremely beneficial to you and your potential case.
Automatic Emergency Braking
One of the most common causes of accidents is the failure of a person to notice another driver when they are backing up; however, another common cause of accidents is the inability to brake sufficiently. Because this is a consistent issue with drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced in September that they will be teaming up with ten major vehicle manufacturers to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all new vehicles. This new feature includes a range of systems designed to address the large number of crashes, especially rear end crashes in which “drivers do not apply the brake or fail to apply sufficient braking power to avoid or mitigate a crash.”
The ten companies included in the automatic emergency brake commitment include: Audi; BMW; Ford; General Motors; Mazda; Mercedes Benz; Tesla; Toyota; Volkswagen; and Volvo. In 2014, these ten manufacturers represented 57 percent of the United States light-duty vehicle sales. Through the use of sensors, such as radar, cameras or lasers, to detect a potential crash, these vehicle manufacturers have committed themselves to preventing crashes altogether, rather than simply protecting the occupants of the vehicle. Though some may be weary of this new technology, according to the article, several studies have shown that automatic emergency brake technology can reduce insurance injury claims by as much as 35 percent.
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Car crashes can be avoided. Though you may be able to make sure you are doing everything you are supposed to in order to ensure that a crash does not happen, you cannot control your fellow driver. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence it is beyond beneficial to contact an attorney. Here, at Khayoumi Law Firm, we will strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case and we will fight for you. Contact our office for an initial consultation.