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Don't rely on automatic braking in enabled vehicles

Automatic braking is going to be a standard feature on almost all vehicles sold in this country by 2022. There seems to be some misunderstanding about exactly what benefit this is going to be for drivers. Many people think that this feature will stop a vehicle to avoid an accident. That isn't what this feature does. Instead, it slows the vehicle down when there is a possible obstacle in the vehicle's path.

Around two-thirds of drivers don't seem to realize that automatic brakes don't mean that the car will be able to stop without driver intervention. Drivers will still have to pay attention to what is going on around them so that they can take action if there is something in their path.

Even though they aren't a magical way to stop accidents, these automatic braking systems could still help to reduce the severity of crashes. Theoretically, that could help to reduce the severity of the injuries that are suffered if accidents do occur because the automatic braking system could slow the vehicle down some before the impact.

In tests, the automatic breaking system was able to avoid collisions in around 60 percent of potential crashes when the vehicle was moving at 30 miles per hour. Even that isn't going to occur with all vehicles because these automatic brake systems vary greatly from one model to another. Some are only automatic emergency brakes, while others are designed to prevent crashes.

This is a new area when it comes to legal claims following accidents that involved injuries. If you have a possible claim following one of these accidents, you should explore your right to seek compensation so that you don't miss important deadlines.

Source: Fortune, "AAA Says Not All Automatic Braking Systems Are Designed to Prevent Car Crashes," Kirsten Korosec, Aug. 24, 2016

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