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Can This New Technology Prevent Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents are an awful catastrophe that no individual or family should ever be forced to go through. These devastating crashes are caused by fatigued drivers, inattentiveness, poor training, defective products or poor maintenance – just to name a few examples. Fortunately, new technologies may offer ways to prevent truck accidents. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims collision-avoidance technology can severely reduce crashes caused by inattentive or drowsy truck drivers. Over the last year, NHTSA has field tested collision-avoidance technology, which includes automatic emergency braking and impact alert systems. NHTSA’s study involved 150 Class-8 tractor trailer vehicles outfitted with this technology, 3 million miles of driving and 110,00 hours of collected data! In addition, the study used 169 drivers from seven trucking companies. The results claim that collision-avoidance technology prevented a total of 6,000 potential collisions! It is no surprise that NHTSA wants the same technologies…
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Why 5-Star Crash Test Ratings May Not Be as Safe as You Believe

If you have recently shopped for a vehicle, you may have also paid close attention to crash test ratings. Crash test ratings are exactly what the name implies; a measure of how well vehicles perform during car accidents and how effectively occupants are protected. To receive the top tier rating, known as the ‘5-star crash test rating’ vehicles must meet certain crash test benchmarks set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As it turns out, 5-star crash test ratings may not be the best measure of safety. A recent article published by CBS News discussed how 99 percent of 2016 models achieved 4 or 5-star ratings. According to the Center for Auto Safety expert interviewed in the article, vehicles can have similar ratings, but different types of risks. Some vehicles may meet certain benchmarks to obtain the 5-star rating, but still not compare as well to other vehicles. The…
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Should Automatic Braking Be Required for Vehicles?

New lifesaving automotive technology is about to become standard on most vehicles sold in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and 20 automakers have pledged to make automatic braking a standard safety feature on passenger vehicles and light trucks by 2022. Automatic braking systems use cameras, radar and software to detect potential collisions. Presently, only 17 vehicle models utilize automatic braking as a standard feature. Standard features are included with the purchase of a vehicle, meaning consumers will not have to pay extra. What types of accidents can automatic braking help prevent? By requiring automatic braking on new vehicles, thousands of people could possibly avoid serious injuries or death caused by rear-end accidents. NHTSA statistics show an estimated 1.7 million rear-end accidents cause 400,000 injuries each year. How Could Automatic Braking Prevent Rear-End Accidents? We have previously discussed how drowsy and distracted driving can cause car accidents….
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