Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that two new automatic braking systems should be added as part of the safety features to be included under it New Car Assessment Program (NCAP): Crash Imminent Braking (CIB) and Dynamic Brake Support (DBS). NHTSA data indicates that a third of all police-reported crashes in 2013 involved a rear-end collision, many of which were made by drivers who did not apply their brakes at all or did not apply their brakes fully before the crash. With a CIB and/or DBS system, automatic brake application or assistance with braking could avoid the crash altogether or at least limit its severity.
According to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the newest safety innovations proclaim, “an enormous leap in the evolution of auto safety by encouraging adoption of new technologies to keep drivers and their passengers safe on our roads.” This recommendation is another step forward for NCAP’s revision to the program “to encourage both consumers and automakers to develop and adopt advanced vehicle safety technologies.” As technologies become more readily available that make safer driving, NCAP continues its efforts to encourage automakers to develop and adopt advanced vehicle safety features. NCAP provides a checklist for consumers to compare the availability of safety features for vehicles at www.safercar.gov.
Although more safety features are becoming available for vehicles, the ultimate responsibility for safer driving is on you and me – the drivers.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year”. Super Lawyers recently named him among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 100″ lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best-most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (2014) – national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.