NTSB- Crash Avoidance Technology Should be Standard in All New Vehicles
Posted on June 15th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
NTSB Calls for Immediate Action
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that auto manufacturers make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in newly manufactured vehicles. They suggest manufacturers begin with collision warning systems and adding autonomous emergency braking once NHTSA completes standards for such braking systems. In a press release this month, the NTSB stated this slow adoption progress has created a major safety issue.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions kill about 1,700 people every year and injure half a million more. More than 80 percent of these deaths and injuries might have been mitigated had the vehicles been equipped with a collision avoidance system.
The NTSB has made 12 recommendations over 20 years in favor of collision avoidance technologies. The progress on these recommendations by manufacturers has been limited and the NTSB notes that a lack of incentives and limited public awareness has slowed the wide adoption of collision avoidance technologies.
Only 4 out of 684 passenger vehicle models in 2014 included a complete forward collision avoidance system as a standard feature noting that when these options are offered, they are often bundled with other non-safety features which make the overall package more expensive.
What the Collision Avoidance System Does?
The collision avoidance system would warn drivers if they may be involved in a potential collision, begin braking for the driver if there is no response and if necessary bring the car to an immediate stop. All of these actions could occur without input from the driver.
The NTSB estimates that vehicles equipped with automatic collision avoidance technology could prevent 80% of deaths and injuries caused by rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car crash.
What if You Are in a Rear-End Collision?
If you are in a motor vehicle crash of any type, you will want to immediate notify the authorities and seek medical assistance. From a safety standpoint, you will want a police report and first responders. From the standpoint of making a claim later, the police report and medical care will be important in documenting the crash and the injuries.
Even if the crash seems minor, you should always have a police report done. Often, individuals involved in motor vehicle crash may not experience extreme symptoms until several hours or even a day later. If you discover that you are more hurt than you initially thought right after the crash when the adrenaline may have masked your injury, then you do not want to have your claim denied because you did not make a police report.
After you have called the authorities and have sought medical treatment, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney BEFORE you make statements to any insurance company. I have written many articles on the Things NOT to do after a car collision and failing to seek legal advice is one of the number one mistakes.
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