There are many things that the auto industry can do to make vehicles safer for those who are riding in them and those in other vehicles. In order to facilitate the manufacture of cars that are equipped with the best possible safety features, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a program that recommends specific advancements as part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The recent recommendations include two different automatic braking systems. Although these safety features cannot eliminate all crashes, NCAP and other programs have contributed to more than 600,000 lives saved over the past 50 years.
There are many advances that have contributed to the saving of lives and the lessening of injuries after a car crash. Despite these safety features, many people still suffer from debilitating injuries. The knowledgeable Miami car crash lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand how devastating these crashes can be. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting our clients the money that they need to move forward with their lives.
There are two different automatic braking systems that are part of this recent announcement. One is a crash imminent braking (CIB) system and the other is a dynamic brake support (DBS) system. The recommendations of NCAP are intended to promote the commercialization of safety features that will lead to the saving of lives on the road. This program also is intended to inform consumers about the safety features that they should want in their vehicles, leading to after-market installations and additional pressure on the automotive manufacturers. The safety devices that are part of these programs are based on data that is collected through the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS). Based on the statistics that are compiled, recommendations are made for systems and devices that likely will lead to more saved lives.
The recommendations for the automatic braking systems are based on the fact that approximately 33 percent of all collisions where the police were called involved rear-end collisions between two or more vehicles. In many of these accidents, there was evidence that the drivers did not brake at all or did not fully depress the brake pedal. The two braking systems that are being recommended, the CIB and DBS, each automatically intervene by either engaging the brakes automatically or acting to further depress the brake once it has been pumped during an accident.
The automatic emergency brakes are an important innovation that will lead to many saved lives. The NHTSA continues to monitor new safety features in order to encourage automobile manufacturers to incorporate the devices into new vehicles. In addition to the automated braking systems, the NHTSA continues to monitor advances in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and other technological improvements that are able to supplement drivers’ ability to respond to changing road conditions. No matter how many improvements there are, there still will be accidents caused by the negligence of individuals behind the wheel and in other situations where a duty of care is breached.
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