Ten major automakers have agreed to make automatic braking technology a standard feature on all their vehicles. Together, these automakers account for half of all the vehicles sold in the U.S. market. Automatic braking systems use radar, laser or cameras to sense an impending collision and apply the brakes automatically to prevent a crash or minimize the severity of a collision. However, despite the advancements automotive technology, car accidents still occur because drivers make mistakes or drive dangerously. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a Middletown, RI car accident lawyer.
How Can Automatic Braking Help?
Automatic braking technology can compensate for the mistakes drivers make. These systems are always on alert by monitoring the road and checking ahead, especially when vehicles driving too fast or are following too closely. According to studies, automatic braking technology is most effective in preventing rear-end collisions, which is one of the most common type of accident that results in injuries. In 2012 alone, rear-end collisions were responsible for 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that automatic braking systems become mandatory for all new cars because of their benefits. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), automatic emergency braking systems can reduce injury claims by as much as 35 percent.
Are Drivers Still Responsible?
Despite the development of new safety systems and technologies, drivers are still ultimately be responsible when it comes to operating the vehicle. These safety systems are just helpful tools that assists drivers to operate their vehicles in a safer manner. In most vehicles equipped with automatic braking, a crash could still result if the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Therefore, it is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert and make good decisions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and there are many drivers on the road that cause car accidents and injuries to others.
Contact a Middletown, RI Car Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured a car accident, contact one of our experienced Middletown car accident lawyers located at 1521 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 401-846-5449 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.