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Failing To Install An Automatic Braking System And Injuries


Automatic braking systems are designed to detect issues, such as an impending crash, and avoid the collision. The cars alert the driver and are common in many modern cars. Passengers cars and automatic braking systems will be inseparable soon because the braking systems will be standard in new passenger vehicles by the year 2022. That said, the systems are not mandated when it comes to commercial trucks.

People are injured in truck crashes every year. If you sustained injuries in a vehicular accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, discuss your situation with a Bucks County car accident lawyer.

Helpful to Warn Drivers

When drivers are alerted to risks or dangerous situations, they can do what is needed to avoid a collision or crash. One of the tools that are helpful to warn drivers are automatic braking systems. This is true for passenger vehicles and heavy trucks alike. For this reason, more and more are pushing to have automatic braking systems be mandated in commercial trucks.

Commercial trucks are involved in accidents for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common are rear-end collisions. These crashes can be devastating and there are safety technologies, such as automatic braking systems, that can be preventative tools if they would be used consistently across the trucking industry.

While use of automatic braking systems is not mandated, there are trucking companies who are taking advantage of this safety feature. For example, they are choosing to have automatic braking systems installed on their new truck models. While the systems can be installed on older trucks, it can be cost prohibitive for a trucking company to retrofit an entire fleet. But if they have the option to install automatic braking systems and choose not to, they could be negligent if an accident occurs and an individual is injured.

Accidents Are Reduced Because of Automatic Braking Systems

Studies point to a reduction of car and truck accidents when automatic braking systems are in use. And if there are fewer accidents, there are fewer car accident injuries. Some researchers even believe rear-end crashes can be completely avoided if braking systems become a requirement in motor vehicles.

Safety feature technologies can be an important part of avoiding crashes or reducing the seriousness of a collision. After all, if the brakes are applied earlier it could result in a crash happening at a lower speed, reducing impact. Hopefully as more and more vehicles, both cars and trucks, become equipped with new safety features there will be a reduction in accidents and crash injuries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the world.

Were you in an accident because a vehicle did not have an automatic braking system? You may have a right to financial compensation for healthcare expenses and pain and suffering. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.

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