The United States Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently announced a major leap forward in vehicle safety and preventing car wrecks. After these groups with 20 automakers that comprise 99 percent of the automobile market in the US, all automakers agreed to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all vehicles.
Automatic emergency braking systems use cameras and sensors to detect when a crash is about to happen, and apply the emergency brake faster than a human driver can react.
When they work properly, these systems can possibly prevent:
- Rear-end car accidents
- Crashes caused by inattentive drivers
- Accidents from sudden slowdowns in highway traffic
- Crashes at intersections
- Collisions with pedestrians
The technology behind automatic braking systems is likely to only improve over time. However, with any equipment system, there is always the possibility that defects in the equipment could cause accidents as well. There is the chance that liability in auto accident lawsuits could gradually move from drivers to manufacturers, as automatic equipment starts to play a bigger part in the driving process.
While the automatic emergency braking systems will gradually be phased in, appearing on nearly all new cars by the end of 2022, car accidents will remain an issue. If you want legal advice following your car crash, talk to the Mobile car accident lawyers at Long & Long by calling (251) 432-2277. Your initial legal consultation with us is free.