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California drivers and collision avoidance system technology

California motorists may want to know that the National Transportation Safety Board has called for collision avoidance systems to be installed in every single new commercial and passenger vehicle. The NTSB suggests that making these systems standard equipment could help prevent thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Chairman Christopher Hart explained that drivers should not have to pay extra for this technology, which could help prevent collisions. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has previously taken a different stance, stating that the decision to buy a car with a collision avoidance system should be up to the consumer.

In a 60-page report, the NTSB showed that collision avoidance systems can lessen the severity of or prevent rear-end crashes. The agency went on to state that rear-end crashes kill roughly 1,700 people every year and injure around 500,000 more. The report stated that the severity of more than 80 percent of the collisions could be significantly lessened if the vehicles involved in the accidents were equipped with collision avoidance systems.

The agency has previously made a similar recommendation on several occasions. It believes that limited public awareness and a lack of incentives damaged the growth of collision avoidance technology. Forward collision avoidance systems feature warnings which alert the driver to an upcoming crash and can either assist the driver's braking or brake the vehicle automatically. Other collision avoidance technologies include electronic stability control and warning systems when the car drifts out of its lane.

A person who has been injured in a car crash often faces high medical bills and in some cases is unable to return to work. If the crash was caused by another driver's negligence, an attorney for the victim may find it appropriate to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible person that seeks compensation for the damages that have been incurred.

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