Bodywork damageMemphis, TN- Considering that traffic accidents are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., federal agencies and safety advocates are always pushing automakers to make improvements to prevent crashes.  One of those improvements is front crash preventions which a recent study found to prevent the most common type of traffic accident in the U.S.: the rear-end collision.
At least 28 percent of traffic accidents in the U.S. are collisions, according to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nine percent of those crashes involve an unsafe lane change. Rear-end collisions, however, can be prevented with the right technology, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The study released on January 28th showed that automatic braking systems reduce rear-end collisions by 40 percent. Forward collision warning systems reduce rear-end crashes by 23 percent the study found. The IIHS’s study found that forward collision warning systems alone reduces rear-end collisions by 23 percent and collision warning systems with automatic braking systems reduces rear-end collisions by 39 percent.
The IIHS says that if all vehicles in the U.S. had been outfitted with these two collision-avoidance technologies were in all vehicles in the U.S. beginning in 2013, 700,000 police reported rear-end collisions could have been prevented.
While crash-avoidance technologies can stop many traffic accidents, most of these systems aren’t standard, and many motorists don’t spring for the extra few thousand dollars these systems. In a 2001 report from the NHTSA states that these systems added between $2,500 and $3,000, but added these systems should be less expensive now.
The IIHS along with NHTSA have been pressuring automakers to make forward collision warning systems and automatic braking systems standard in all vehicles, including commercial trucks. And their efforts are paying off. IIHS said they had been working with automakers and federal agencies to make autobraking systems standard in new cars.
Crash-avoidance technologies like rear back-up cameras, automatic braking systems and front collision warning systems can prevent thousands of accidents each year, but it won’t stop them all. If you were in a traffic accident and were injured or an accident took the life of a loved one, USAttorneys can help you find an accident lawyer in Memphis who can talk to you about your accident and let you know if you deserve to be compensated by an at-fault driver.
Securing an accident settlement that covers your medical bills and other expenses depends on your ability to present a convincing claim. Our team of accident lawyers in Tennessee know what it takes to secure a generous settlement you deserve and have the dedication to ensure your success. Contact one of our lawyers today and set up a case evaluation.

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