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For an extra $200, your car could keep you much safer


Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 10, 2014 in Car Accidents

While many of the car accidents that we have written about are caused by negligent drivers who are drunk or distracted or driving on the wrong side of the road, many motorists in Watertown know that sometimes an accident is unavoidable. Sometimes motorists are driving along the highway and an accident happens right in front of them and they, unfortunately, are unable to avoid the crash. Though these types of accidents appear to have less fault attached to them, someone injured in this type of crash may still be able to collect compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

These kinds of accidents, however, may soon be a thing of the past. Automobile manufacturers have long been working on making cars better able to protect motorists and passengers when their cars have been hit, but the federal government is planning on requiring manufacturers to start including technology that will help prevent crashes altogether. When that requirement is set to come through has not yet been determined, but it can't come soon enough.

With an expected price increase of $100 to $200, manufacturers will be able to create vehicles that can "talk" to each other. The technology would allow vehicles to communicate about accidents, approaching vehicles, reduced speeds and a host of other information that can potentially reduce the risk of an accident. The information will than be translated into some type of warning that will help drivers avoid crashing.

This kind of technology will likely be big news. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that it could reduce the number of accidents by 80 percent; at least those that are not caused by car problems or drunk drivers.

Source: Associated Press, “Car-to-Car Talk Offers Warning on Collisions,” Joan Lowy, Feb 3, 2014