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Automatic braking coming to New York by 2022

Automatic braking, currently offered as an option for some new car models, will come as part of the standard package for most cars in the U.S. by Sept. 2022. Major automakers have agreed to install automatic braking systems after the systems have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 10 automakers have agreed to install the systems in their vehicles. In excess of 99 percent of light vehicles in the country will have the systems. The braking systems brake automatically when a driver either fails to engage the brake or doesn't apply sufficient pressure to slow the vehicle.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that such systems reduce the number of crashes by 20 percent. With an average of 5 million crashes each year, a 20 percent reduction would equate to 1 million fewer collisions, potentially saving many lives and preventing a substantial number of injuries. In 2012, 547,000 people were injured and 1,705 were killed in rear-end crashes. The installation of the automatic braking systems should help prevent wrecks that happen because of distracted driving.

When a person is injured in a car accident because of a distracted driver, they may face unexpected medical bills, lost income and other damages because of their injury accident. An injured victim may want to talk to a personal injury attorney about what happened in their accident. An attorney may be able to analyze the accident in order to make a preliminary determination of liability. If the case appears to be winnable, the attorney may then agree to represent the person and work hard to secure the maximum monetary amount to cover their losses. Through a personal injury lawsuit, people may be able to seek to recover fair compensation.

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