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New technology may reduce the occurrence of car accidents

Every year 33,000 Americans are killed in car crashes while another 2.3 million suffer injuries. Officials with the federal government have looked at these numbers, and they want to take action to prevent many of these deaths and injuries. Readers in California may be wondering how this can be accomplished. The government believes that a new technology called vehicle-to-vehicle communication will help to prevent numerous car accidents.

This technology will allow cars to talk to each other. This would be accomplished by wireless messages containing information such as traveling speed, GPS position and direction. The information would be communicated to vehicles within a 300 yard radius at 10 times per second.

The advanced technology can see through physical barriers such as other cars, hills, buildings, corners and much more. Say that a driver is driving on a busy road, and another car, located five or six cars ahead, stops suddenly. That information could be obtained in time to help the driver stop without becoming involved in an accident.

There are five car companies working on this technology with the U.S. Department Of Transportation. The government hopes that cars will be able to communicate in this manner by 2016.

Despite advancements in technology, accidents will always happen. Often someone is responsible, in part or in whole, for the occurrence of a car collision. This person is usually considered a negligent driver. If that is the case, other injured parties involved the accident may be able to recover compensation. This compensation may cover medical bills, lost wages and other financial obligations that arise as a result of the car crash.

Source: WDAM, "Government pushes for vehicle-to-vehicle communication," Feb. 14, 2014

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