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Technology could be used to reduce rear-end collisions

Errors made behind the wheel often lead to car crashes, and when a driver is negligent, distracted or careless, the driver could cause a collision with other vehicles on the roadway. Rear-end collisions are common in West Virginia and other states across that nation and, according to recent data, roughly 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur on U.S. roadways each year. And in those crashes, about 1,700 individuals die and another 500,000 are hurt.

There is some hope to avoid these collisions or at least reduce the number of rear-end crashes. Automakers have been including collisions avoidance systems in vehicles. These systems automatically brake a vehicle if it senses that a front-into-rear crash is imminent. Because these systems are significantly reducing collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board is now recommending that they become standard in vehicles.

Much like a motorist does not have to pay extra for a seat belt, which is a life-saving device, motorists should not have to pay extra to have technology in their vehicle that could prevent a collision. Based on current estimates, the National Transportation Safety Board projects that collision avoidance systems could reduce deaths and injuries caused by rear-end collision by 80 percent.

While technology in vehicles could help reduce or prevent some accidents from occurring, this unfortunately will not prevent all automobile collisions. When a driver fails to drive safely and is negligent or distracted while behind the wheel, this could result in a car crash. Those harmed in the incident could hold that driver responsible for their serious injuries and damages suffered in the incident.

Source: The Washington Post, "There are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roads each year. Here's how to stop them." Ashley Halsey III, June 8, 2015

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