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Vehicles Will Get Emergency Braking Systems

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

California drivers may enjoy increasing safety on the roads since automakers have agreed to begin putting emergency braking systems in almost all vehicles manufactured in the United States. On March 17, it was announced that by 2022, this agreement would be in place for most vehicles.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the result may be as many as 1 million fewer crashes annually. This represents a drop of 20 percent. More than 1,000 people were killed and 547,000 injured in rear-end crashes in the United States in 2012. It is estimated that =around 87 percent of those crashes might have been avoided or may have been less serious with a collision avoidance system on board.

A former director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the organization should make rules about including the technology in vehicles that are legally binding. However, the current NHTSA Administrator says that it would be eight years or more before those rules could be put in place.

Experts predict that as safety technology, like automatic braking in vehicles, increases, roads will become safer. Unfortunately, car accidents will continue to happen, and in some cases, people may suffer catastrophic injuries. These could be permanently life-altering in some cases. Insurance payments may be insufficient. A person who is in such an accident might want to consult an attorney. They may need money to cover medical expenses as well as money to live on if they are unable to return to work. It might be possible to file a lawsuit against the driver who is responsible. While being distracted or other causes of an accident might not rise to the level of a criminal offense, they still might be considered negligent driving in civil court.