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NTSB pushes for mandatory crash avoidance systems

Safety is often a leading consideration for car buyers in New Jersey, and electronic systems designed to warn drivers about impending collisions are becoming available on more vehicles every year. However, residents of the Garden State may be surprised to lean that such systems were only included as standard equipment on four vehicle models in 2014. The National Transportation Safety Board would like to see them become mandatory equipment on all new commercial and passenger vehicles, and the agency says that thousands of injuries and deaths could be prevented each year if its recommendation is adopted by lawmakers.

Crash avoidance systems help drivers to avoid car accidents and collisions in two ways. They use sensors to warn drivers when they are in close proximity to another vehicle, and they then engage electronic technology such as anti-lock braking and stability control systems to assist drivers as they take evasive action. Some of the more advanced systems are so sophisticated that they operate automatically and can prevent accidents with no driver input.

The electronic safety systems are especially effective at preventing rear-end collisions, and the NTSB believes that more than 80 percent of these accidents would be less severe if all vehicles were equipped with the technology. Such collisions claim approximately 1,700 lives each year. The agency made its most recent recommendation in a 60-page report, but many observers feel that the proposal is unlikely to be adopted. The NTSB has made similar recommendations on several previous occasions, but legislators have been reluctant to mandate safety equipment that may soon be rendered obsolete by even more promising technology.

Despite advances in technology, collisions caused by negligent drivers continue to occur, often leaving those who are injured having to deal with high medical bills and other expenses. An attorney for an injured victim might assist in the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver that would seek compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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