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A look at some upcoming automotive safety features

Some Tennessee residents may be very interested in the latest safety improvements being made in the field of automotive technology. A recent article brings attention to some of these features, which may promise increased survivability in the event of a car accident and perhaps the ability to avoid them altogether.

Consumer advocacy organizations are said to be suing the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transport Safety Administration to expedite the mandatory installation of backup cameras on automobiles. These cameras allow motorists to quickly and easily see behind their vehicle, and may help prevent tragic accidents involving small children in the future. In addition, upcoming vehicles are now being tested with experimental crash avoidance systems that automatically apply the brakes when their sensors detect an upcoming obstacle. Owing to the much shorter reaction time, these systems may certainly help prevent many accidents if they become commonplace devices.

There is no doubt that a car accident is an intensely distressing experience. Even in cases where no injury occurs, negotiating insurance claims and repairing the resulting property damage is hardly pleasant. That said, the degree of hardship may increase exponentially when serious injury or even death result from a car collision.

Someone who has been injured in a car collision may be eligible to receive compensation for the different forms of damages they've sustained. An attorney may work to investigate the accident, negotiating with the relevant insurance companies and representatives of the negligent party to help ensure their client receives whatever settlement they may be entitled to.

Source: CBS News, "Car safety features that avoid accidents", Jerry Edgerton, October 02, 2013

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