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Automatic braking systems to increase vehicle safety

Louisiana drivers will be able to purchase safer vehicles widely in 2022. This is the year that automakers that account for nearly 100 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales have agreed to make automatic emergency braking systems standard equipment in those vehicles. It is estimated that this could lead to 1 million fewer crashes annually, equating to a reduction of 20 percent.

More than 1,700 people in the United States died in rear-end crashes in 2012, and an additional 547,000 were injured. In most cases, the accidents occurred due to drivers not paying attention. This is the type of situation that automatic braking can be particularly helpful with.

A former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the agency needs to issue legally binding rules about the collision avoidance systems. However, the current administrator says that it would take eight years or longer to get those rules in place.

While cars are becoming safer due to this type of technology, vehicle accidents continue to cause injury and death each year. Even people with minor injuries after an accident might be overwhelmed by the tasks of seeking medical care, getting their vehicle repaired and dealing with their own and the other driver's insurance company. Injured people might also find that the responsible driver's insurance company is reluctant to offer them adequate compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages. If it is determined that the accident was caused by a distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent motorist, legal counsel might be of assistance in filing a lawsuit on behalf of the injured victim that would seek appropriate damages.

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