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Braking features can make roads safer

Driving on Nevada roads can be a lot safer when a vehicle is equipped with an emergency braking system. This is according to research from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The non-profit gathered its data by looking at crash statistics on General Motors brand vehicles from model years 2013 through 2015. During this time period, the emergency braking feature was optional on most vehicles that were involved in the study.

Researchers were able to sort through police reports to determine if a vehicle involved in an accident had the feature or not. Vehicles that offered automatic braking and collision warning were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end collisions. Furthermore, they were involved in 64 percent fewer crashes that resulted in injuries. In 2016, there were 2.4 million rear-end crashes that were reported to authorities. That was roughly 33 percent of all crashes in that time period.

Someone who is injured in a car accident may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for an accident occurring. For instance, if a drunk driver was in a company vehicle, his or her employer could also be a defendant in a personal injury case. Those who are injured in an accident may wish to hire an attorney to help with their matter.

An attorney may be able to explain the benefits of filing a claim to an injured victim. Assuming that legal action is warranted, the lawyer may also gather video or other types of evidence to verify the victim's version of events. If a settlement or jury award is appealed, legal counsel may be able to represent a victim during the appeals process.

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