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Collision avoidance systems recommended for new vehicles

Pennsylvania drivers may be interested to learn that the National Transportation Safety Board has recently repeated its earlier recommendation that collision avoidance systems be included as a standard piece of equipment in all new commercial and passenger vehicles. While a decision like this could increase costs for consumers, the Board's chairman argued that the costs should be the responsibility of the manufacturers.

The NTSB also requested that new vehicles include this particular safety procedure in 2012. In the news release regarding the updated recommendation, the NTSB noted that progress has been limited. Part of the problem could potentially be contributed to the lack of public awareness and the lack of incentives.

The addition of a collision avoidance system in new vehicles could potentially reduce the number of rear-end collisions as well as their effects. The NTSB has estimated that rear-end collisions kill approximately 1,700 people and injure 500.000 others every year. The avoidance systems alert the driver that a rear-end collision could happen and may actually help the driver slow down or stop the vehicle.

A rear-end collision could be caused by a driver that is following another vehicle too closely, a driver who is not paying attention or a driver who may be traveling too fast. When such an accident is the result of a careless driver, an injured victim may wish to speak with an attorney regarding the advisability of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible person. In many cases, a victim may face high medical costs and lose income as a result of not being able to work, and a civil action could seek compensation for these and other damages.

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