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Automatic Braking Systems Due in All US Cars by 2022

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Major automakers announced earlier this spring that automatic emergency braking systems will be installed in most US vehicles by September 2022.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in March a deal with 10 automakers that could eventually prevent thousands of rear end crashes per year, saving many lives and injuries.

The final agreement includes vehicle manufacturers that represent at least 99% of all US light vehicle sales, according to InsuranceJournal.com. Among the companies that joined this automobile safety initiative were Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , Honda Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG.

Automatic emergency braking includes systems that are designed to prevent many crashes where drivers fail to apply the brakes in time, or fail to apply enough braking power to prevent a crash.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind stated that this voluntary agreement could get this important safety technology in cars, trucks and SUVs before a legally binding rule is in effect.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that up to 20% of crashes could be prevented by automatic emergency braking systems. In 2012, rear end crashes killed 1705 Americans and injured 547,000 more.

Our Take

Our Virginia car accident attorneys are pleased that auto manufacturers will be installing automatic emergency braking systems on all US vehicles by 2022. We have seen many terrible rear end crashes that caused horrible injuries to our clients. The above agreement by auto manufacturers should help to prevent many needless injuries and deaths each year. Many of the car accident cases that we see in our personal injury legal practice probably could be avoided with these types of safety systems.

Still, if you are in a car accident, you should be aware that dealing with insurance companies on your own is a risky endeavor. The primary task of an insurance adjuster in a car accident is to reduce or deny your claim. Insurance companies make more money for their shareholders by paying claimants as little as possible.

That is why we wrote the Best Guide To Car Accident Injuries in Virginia. We explain what you should know to avoid the common mistakes that car accident victims make with insurance adjusters. For example, you should never give a recorded statement to the other side’s insurance adjuster. It only will be used to reduce your claim later.