The National Transportation Safety Board is yet again calling for automotive manufacturers to make collision avoidance systems a standard feature in all new commercial and passenger vehicles. These features can add a considerable amount to the cost of a new vehicle, and while a leading industry trade group has stated that it should be up to consumers to decide if they want them, the NTSB points out that thousands of deaths and injuries could be prevented every year with their inclusion in all vehicles.
About half a million people are injured and around 1,700 people die in rear-end crashes every year, but the NTSB's research indicates that the damage could be mitigated in more than 80 percent of these accidents by having these crash avoidance systems made standard. In spite of the federal agency's repeated recommendations on this issue, just four vehicle models included a complete forward collision avoidance system as standard equipment in 2014.
There are a variety of ways that this type of technology can help a driver avoid an accident, including alerts that someone is drifting out of their lane or warning them of an imminent crash. Some of these systems will even assist the driver in braking or brake for them to avoid a collision.
Even with proactive car crash avoidance systems, sometimes an accident is not preventable. An injured victim will often be confronted with having to meet high medical bills with limited financial resources due to an inability to return to work while recuperating. In the event that the accident was the result of the negligence of another driver, an attorney for an injured victim might consider the filing of a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages from the party that caused the crash.