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Most U.S. vehicles to have auto brake systems by 2022

Ohio residents may have heard about that a number of major car manufacturers plan on installing automatic braking systems on the majority of U.S. vehicles by September 2022. The move could prevent a million vehicle accidents annually.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come up with a plan involving about a dozen major automakers who have voluntarily agreed to install the safety technology into their vehicles. However, more auto manufacturers are expected to eventually join the agreement. Some of them include Volkswagen AG, Honda Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company and Toyota Motor Corporation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also worked to achieve the voluntary agreement with the car manufacturers. None of the car makers is legally required to comply with the deal, and there will be no penalties for companies that fail to do so.

As a new technological advancement, the collision avoidance system automatically applies a vehicle's brakes when a driver fails to brake or does not apply sufficient braking power to keep the vehicle from a collision. The technology is expected to reduce yearly collisions by 20 percent. Had the new technology been in cars during 2012, many fatalities and serious injuries from rear-end collisions could have been avoided.

A rear-end car accident can cause serious injuries to occupants in both vehicles. If it can be determined that the collision was caused by the negligence of the driver in the following car, a personal injury attorney might be of assistance in helping an injured victim seek compensation from the at-fault motorist.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Automatic Braking, Due by 2022 in U.S. Cars, Could Prevent 20% of All Crashes", David Shepardson, March 17, 2016

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