Personal injuries and wrongful deaths related to rear end crashes could decrease significantly if collision avoidance systems were standard on all new passenger and commercial vehicles
Half a million people suffered personal injury and 1,700 died in more than 1.7 million rear-end vehicle accidents in 2012 in the US. Many of these accidents could have been avoided or at least mitigated if vehicles were equipped with collision warning systems paired with active braking systems according to a new Special Investigation Report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) entitled “The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes“. In the report the NTSB demonstrates the efficiency of such systems and criticizes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for not doing enough and being to slow in implementing performance standards for these technologies. The report also notes that manufacturers have too little incentive to add these technologies to their new vehicles.
Picture: before and after a rear-end crash courtesy of Wikipedia