The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the progress being made with automobile manufacturers regarding automatic emergency braking on new vehicles. According to the NHTSA, four of 20 automakers currently report that automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard on more than half of their 2017 model year vehicles. Additionally, without making it standard, another five auto manufacturers report that more than 30 percent of vehicles they produced in 2017 were equipped with AEB. This crash avoidance technology has the potential to greatly reduce the amount of injury causing and fatal crashes on roadways in California and across the nation.
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
AEB, which is also known as auto brake, is a type of safety technology that allows vehicles to sense when they need to brake to avoid a potential rear-end crash. If a situation arises where a driver fails to apply the brakes or fails to apply sufficient braking power to avoid or mitigate a crash, the system engages and brakes automatically. Additionally, auto brake systems with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) alerts will also warn a driver to take action. If the vehicle is equipped with AEB and FCW, if the driver doesn’t take action upon the alert, the vehicle will brake automatically. Initial data shows that AEB systems can reduce rear-end crashes by as much as half, and FCW can reduce rear-end crashes by almost a third.
Car Accidents in California
After any kind of car accident caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another driver, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim. You could be in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other expenses associated with the crash.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a rear-end car accident in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.
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