According to a Washington Post article, about 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur on U.S. roadways each year. These collisions result in about 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries, and constitute about 30% of all traffic accidents, making them one of the most common types of collisions on American roadways.
Another NTSB study found that 87% of rear-end collisions were simply caused by driver inattention and following too closely. The study also found that cell phones, along with other non-driving related systems, led to rear-end collisions. Most of the time, some sort of distraction played into the rear-end collision. Furthermore, most rear-end accidents occur at very slow speeds; in about 81% of these collisions, the lead car is completely stopped. This data shows that aside from leaving more space between your vehicle and the next vehicle ahead, the biggest way to combat rear-end collisions is to reduce or eliminate driver distraction.
This is why the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends that automakers begin including collision avoidance technology as a standard part of their vehicles. Collision avoidance systems include forward collision warning, auto braking, or a combination of the two, which was found to reduce injuries by 42%. The NTSB estimates that 80% of all rear-end collisions could be avoided simply by having this technology in place. Collision avoidance systems are available in some vehicle models, but not in others. The Governors Highway Safety Association also has lent public support to the NTSB recommendation. By 2016, at least nine major automakers had pledged to make collision avoidance systems standard in all of their vehicles; these automakers include Volvo, BMW, Ford, Mazda, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen. The hope is that other automakers will join the pledge, as well.
Boller & Vaughan are experienced Madison personal injury lawyers who know Wisconsin law and know how to effectively represent your interests in any personal injury claim that you might have, whether it involves a motorcycle, semi-truck, or a passenger vehicle. Call our office today and learn how our attorneys can help ensure that you receive the compensation in your case to which you are entitled.