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Technology can help to prevent rear-end crashes

You may think that a rear-end collision is no big thing, that people walk away from this kind of accident all the time. However, this is the most common type of car crash reported each year, and even a low-speed collision at two or three miles per hour can result in surprisingly serious injuries.

Given the frequency of rear-enders, especially in high traffic areas like southern California, what have innovators done to help reduce such accidents?

Recognizing the problem

The third brake light, the one situated high on the back of a vehicle, became mandatory during the Reagan administration in hopes of reducing rear-end collisions. Fast-forward 30 years: Automated braking and the forward collision warning signal are the latest technologies designed to cut down on this type of crash.

Looking ahead

Self-driving cars are still being refined and de-bugged, but the same crash avoidance systems that will be standard on these vehicles are available now. The advanced safety systems featured on certain cars we buy today serve to anticipate accidents and stop vehicles from plowing into one another. Some two dozen automakers say their cars will have automatic emergency braking capabilities by 2022. Lexus and Toyota plan to install the system on almost all their models by the end of 2018.

Considering your options

Improved design and safety technologies have made today’s cars safer than ever, but not every vehicle has state-of-the-art safety features, and rear-end collisions still happen. Injuries can range from the sore neck caused by whiplash to soft tissue injuries that are not evident at the time of the accident. A low-impact rear-ender can cause debilitating injuries that may require months of recovery and rehabilitation time. This is something to think about. Perhaps you should inquire about the most current safety equipment such as automatic braking when you are looking into buying your next car.



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