The federal government had an opportunity to mandate three types of automatic emergency braking (AEB) technologies on all light vehicles last year. But in January 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said no. The agency explained AEB technologies are already here, and its own rule making process would delay the development of even better technologies for improving vehicle safety.
It shouldn’t take an accident followed by an expensive trial to convince businesses to implement effective policies on distracted driving. And, even if the company has a policy, it also shouldn’t take a distracted driving case to make the business enforce it.
Between April 2001 and December 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a Large Truck Crash Causation Study to determine reasons for serious accidents involving vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. The results showed the majority of the crashes were caused by the driver, but lack of vehicle maintenance was also a significant factor.