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Automatic braking systems to soon be standard

Automobile manufacturers in Pennsylvania and across the country may soon be required to install automatic braking systems in all their vehicles. There is currently a voluntary agreement between 10 of the largest automobile manufacturers to make these systems standard by 2022, and they wish to expand the agreement to include all significant manufacturers. The precise effect of making these systems standard is not yet known, but it is estimated that they could cut the accident rate by as much as a fifth.

The intention is to reach voluntary agreement among as many of the manufacturers as possible before the rules change. The eventual plan is to make it a legal requirement to sell vehicles with these systems, and this brings with it the possibility of penalties against companies that fail in this responsibility. As a legally binding rule change such as this can take about eight years to finalize, the hope is that a voluntary agreement will improve compliance on a much faster time scale.

This could be important as automatic braking systems are estimated to be able to prevent as many as 20 percent of the car accidents that occur each year. Delaying the rollout of these systems by a year could translate to as many as a million extra automobile crashes, with all the damage to property and loss of life that would entail.

Anyone who has been injured in a car accident may wish to require fair redress from the individual or individuals who caused the accident. A lawyer may be able to help an injured individual to file a civil suit, as well as providing representation in any negotiations, meetings, or court appearances that may be necessary.

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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