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Putting the Brakes on North Carolina’s Rear-End Collisions

You're driving along minding your own business when suddenly the driver in front of you slams on their brakes causing you to brake suddenly and unexpectedly - you barely miss hitting him. Good for you. You were paying attention.

Not good for you - the guy behind you was not. He was on his phone! One moment you realize he's not going to be able to avoid crashing into your car, the next you find yourself face first in a deployed air bag.

Wouldn't it be nice if cars could pay attention and act as a back-up for their drivers who are failing to meet their responsibility to pay attention?

Yes it would. And yes that technology is here.

(Good thing - especially for certain areas in North Carolina.)

Automatic Braking Technology Potentially May Help

The popularity of in-vehicle safety devices is nothing new. Seat belts, for example, were not even an option in many cars during much of the 1960s.  But since then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that safety technologies have saved more than 600,000 lives.

Ever-advancing auto safety technology could potentially make a big impact on reducing the number of car accidents in North Carolina. This is particularly good news for rural areas in our state, where WCTI reported our state ranked third in the nation for the most non-interstate rural road traffic deaths! And according to a WRAL.com report, it's also good news for divers in Pitt, New Hanover, Vance, Person, and Stanly counties, as AAA data shows that this is where drivers are most likely to be involved in a car crash in N.C.

Clearly some N.C. drivers could use a little help behind the wheel. Enter automatic emergency braking systems (AEBS). These advanced braking technologies are designed to help reduce the chances of rear-end accidents, which caused one-third of crashes in 2013, according to NHTSA data. Why so many? A large number of drivers involved either didn't apply the brakes at all or didn't fully apply the brakes prior to the crash.

The agency reasons that AEBS systems can potentially help intervene by automatically applying the brakes or supplementing the driver's braking effort to either avoid the crash or at least mitigate it. Admittedly these systems are not perfected yet, and some car manufacturers have had to recall some models because of these braking systems. But the agency feels AEBS technology has the potential for such great promise that it wants to see manufacturers make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in newly manufactured vehicles. The rollouts would potentially begin with collision warning systems and then add autonomous emergency braking once the agency completes standards for them.

Two Types of Automatic Braking Technologies

When a car is directly in front of you and you are having difficulty stopping in time, even a few seconds can make a huge difference. AEBS may potentially help reduce the risk of human error when braking, by presumably adding those important seconds. Regulators claim that two new automatic braking technologies that show promise are the crash imminent braking (CIB) and the dynamic brake support (DBS).

Crash Imminent Braking (CIB)

CIB works by identifying when your vehicle is going to strike an object such as the car in front of you.  This system kicks in regardless of what the driver is doing. If the system determines that a crash is about to occur, the braking system is designed to automatically apply your vehicle's brakes.

Dynamic Brake Support (DBS)

The DBS system aims to enable your car to respond as quickly and effectively as possible when you brake suddenly. If the system determines that the driver's braking is not adequate to avoid the accident, the system is designed to provide added braking assistance to supplement the driver's braking efforts.

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Sadly, many drivers just don't pay attention. They're distracted by cell phones, flying sippy cups, cheese stuck on a burger wrapper - or all these things simultaneously.

With the proliferation of advanced safety devices like collision warning and AEBS systems, perhaps we, as lawyers, won't have to deal with as many accidents caused by inattentive drivers.

But if you are the victim of this all too common situation, contact us as soon as possible or call 1-866-900-7078. We will evaluate your situation for FREE over the phone or online.

Patrick White joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2016, handling personal injury cases. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. White represented personal injury clients for more than ten years.

He earned his J.D. from West Virginia University as well as a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Finance.

For a number of years Mr. White worked for insurance companies and large corporations defending them in personal injury cases, including auto and trucking accidents, construction defect claims, insurance coverage, and mining and other personal injury claims.

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Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
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Charlotte Law Office

201 McCullough Drive, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-599-1078
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
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Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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