The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced yesterday that the number of fatal highway accidents has dropped to a 60-year low. According to CBS News, there was a 1.6 percent decrease in the total number of deaths last year, dropping to approximately 32,000 deaths per year.
The agency applauded new and cheaper safety technology being made available for a wider range of vehicles. In fact, the announcement of the lower fatality rates came on the heels of Hyundai announcing its plans for all new vehicles to have brake override technology installed. This device prevents the vehicle from accelerating if the brake and gas pedals are being applied at the same time. The NHTSA is presently working to make this technology mandatory on all vehicles after Toyota recalled hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks due to faulty accelerators.
Other safety features to recently hit the market include:
- rearview cameras,
- lane departure warning systems,
- forward collision warning systems,
- and adaptive headlights.
A study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety estimates that if all passenger vehicles were equipped with these devices, one in three fatal collisions could be avoided.
Oklahoma Auto Accidents can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating to each individual involved, especially if the accident wasn’t your fault. That’s why the Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers ask that motorists always buckle up, slow down, and drive defensively at all times.