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NTSB reissues call for vehicle safety systems

Kentucky motorists may not have collision avoidance systems in their vehicles. They may, however, wish they had after seeing statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The federal agency is pushing car manufacturers to install them on all new vehicles, saying they save lives. The NTSB says 1,700 people are killed and another 500,000 people injured in rear-end collisions every year. The number of people killed or injured could be reduced by more than 80 percent if collision avoidance systems are in place in vehicles. Collision avoidance systems alert motorists when a car accident is about to happen and can either help the driver brake or do the braking itself to avoid the collision.

The agency recommended three years prior that the U.S. government require such systems. However, only four models that were released in 2014 have had the systems. The NTSB also says that putting in the systems should not increase the cost of a new car.

Rear-end collisions are common and can result in serious injury and death, particularly if the negligent driver is going at a high rate of speed. Collision avoidance systems can reduce the severity of car accidents, but they won't eliminate them entirely. Drivers and passengers who have been injured when their vehicles were struck from behind may be eligible for compensation for their injuries. They may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who may be able to help them in getting this compensation, which can cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages if victims are unable to work.

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