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Intelligent Emergency Braking Systems Will Save Lives

The automotive industry strives to improve vehicle safety by introducing technology that helps drivers avoid accidents and by making vehicles more resilient during crashes. From the seat belt to the airbag, vehicles have clearly become safer overtime. Now automatic emergency braking systems (AEB) are one of the newest safety features to reduce the risk of deadly auto accidents. The United Kingdom’s motor insurance industry’s research center Thatcham believes AEB is “probably the most significant development in vehicle safety since the seat belt.” The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both agree as they announced earlier this year that they and 20 automakers have made a commitment to putting AEB in almost all new cars by 2022.

If you were in auto accident because a vehicle did not have AEB and the driver was unable to stop in time, contact experienced Columbus auto accident attorney Ed Schottenstein for help. He has years of experience helping crash victims recover and get back on their feet.

What is AEB?

An automatic emergency braking system is comprised of a technological system within a vehicle that alerts the driver when there is a potential for a crash and applies the brakes itself if the driver does not respond and a collision is imminent. The system uses sensors, cameras, radars, and even lasers to determine how close your vehicle is to another objects and the likelihood that you will hit something if you continue at your direction and speed. If the car senses an obstacle, it gives off a sound or visual queue to the driver. The driver is always in control of the vehicle. However, if there is no response after the warning, the system will try and stop the car to avoid a crash.

Not every AEB system is the same. Various carmakers have their own AEB technology, and AEB systems can focus on avoiding pedestrian collisions, low-speed accidents, high-speed accidents, or a combination of these.

How AEB Will Help

Emergency braking systems may help drivers avoid accidents entirely or mitigate the damage of a potential accident by slowing the vehicle down. Slow-speed crashes can result in damage and painful injuries, but they are less likely to be catastrophic.

The NHTSA estimates AEB will become standard in vehicles 3 years sooner through the automakers agreement than if they had used the more traditional regulatory process. During that three years, the IIHS estimates AEB will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.

If You Were in an Accident, Call Schottenstein Law Offices for Help

While AEB has the potential to save many lives and avoid countless injuries, not all new cars have this technology and older models certainly do not. Stopping is entirely up to the drive, but when a driver does not notice a hazard or is unable to stop in time, you can end up in the hospital and out of work. It is possible to financially recover from a car crash, but you may need help from an experienced auto accident attorney like Ed Schottenstein. Call his offices today toll free at (614) 467-8474 to schedule a consultation.