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Study Says Automatic Brakes Prevent New Jersey Rear-End Collisions

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 21, 2016

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents in New Jersey. Whether you are stuck in gridlock coming out of Manhattan or trying to get through bumper-to-bumper beach traffic at the Jersey Shore, there are plenty of opportunities to bump into your fellow driver. In fact, how many times have you almost run into someone stopped ahead of you? But, a new study out of Detroit suggests that vehicles that have automatic braking or front-end collisions sensors are must less likely to be involved in a fender-bender.

The research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (ITHS) suggests safety measures can have a dramatic effect on rear-end collisions. ITHS found that automatic braking systems that are able to sense proximity to oncoming vehicles can reduce rear-end collisions by as much as 40 percent. The report goes on to say that early warning collision systems are able to cut that number an additional 23 percent.

The percentages were determined by reviewing 7,500 accidents across 27 states in the country between 2010 and 2014. It was concluded that if all vehicles were equipped with such technology, there would have been almost 700,000 few crashes in 2013.

While braking and warning technology mentioned in the report is getting cheaper, only 40 percent of the vehicles sold in the United States offer such packages. Automakers, however, hope to make automatic braking features standard in all vehicles over the next decade. Until then, if you have been involved in a rear-end collision, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to review your legal options.

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