According to data from the National Safety Council, 38,800 people lost their lives in car accidents in the United States in 2019. And although this figure represents the third consecutive year with a decrease in road fatalities in the country, it is still incredibly huge.
A new comprehensive survey by Consumer Reports reveals that we can really cut the annual number of road fatalities in half if we use existing modern safety technologies in all new vehicles. Simply put, if industry standards for safety equipment for all makes and models require some of the latest safety systems, nearly 20,000 people could be saved each year.
“Rather than ensuring everyone’s safety, automakers are putting the burden on people to find, understand and often pay extra for the features of life-saving cars,” said William Wallace, head of safety policy. at Consumer Reports. “It takes decades for safety technology to become standard on all new cars. Policymakers should choose a different path – the one that will save lives now. “
CR results estimate that approximately 11,800 lives can be saved each year if automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind spot warning were standard on all new cars sold in America . In addition, between 3700 and 7400 lives can be saved if all new vehicles come standard with impaired driving prevention technology, while at least 1300 lives can be saved if the industry adopts communication technology. from vehicle to vehicle.
According to Consumer Reports analysis, if we combine all of the existing technologies and put them into new cars, that would save some 16,800 to 20,500 lives. Every year. The technology is there and basically all the manufacturers have it, we just have to make better rules and demand that these technologies be standard for all cars.
“We urge every member of Congress to make safety a priority by requiring that rescue functions be standard on all new cars,” adds Wallace. “The technologies are there to cut the number of road deaths in half, and that would only worsen the tragedy of the lives lost on our roads if our leaders did not make sure that all drivers had them on their cars.” “