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Automatic emergency braking reducing road accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2020 | Truck Accident

Technological advancement has had a significant impact on passenger vehicles in New Jersey. These vehicles are fitted with advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) and forward collision warning (FCW). Semitrucks have also been fitted with this technology and have eliminated 2 out of every 5 crashes. AEB and FCW are important components in vehicle safety since they play a major role in preventing road accidents.

The benefits of AEB and FCW

Large trucks weigh at least 34,000 pounds. Thus, rear-end crashes involving semitrucks are dangerous since the vehicles weigh up to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. Since 2009, semitruck accidents have increased by a third. In 2018, more than 4,000 people were killed in truck accidents. AEB reduces the crash risks for 18-wheelers and other large trucks. These are beneficial options for companies and drivers who wish to purchase such vehicles.

Safety features that save lives

Truck and passenger vehicle manufacturers are not fully equipped to deal with front crash prevention systems. However, truck manufacturers are working to create vehicles with automatic emergency braking standards for all passenger vehicles by 2022. The decision is voluntary but brokered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In a study conducted by IIHS, semitrucks with automatic emergency braking emitted a collision warning that prevented truck accidents. Thus, the crash avoidance systems should be standard equipment that needs to be fitted in all new trucks.

Vehicle manufacturers should also install more modern amenities in vehicles to prevent road accidents. Red signals like laser headlights should be considered since they are among the features that prevent road accidents. Forward collision warning systems are suitable for drivers who drive at night since they prevent rear-end accidents.

AEB and FCW are essential components in vehicle safety since they play a significant role in preventing road accidents. In the event you get into an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to negotiate your injury claim.

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