WDRB in Louisville reported that a rear-end collision on I-265 South at I-64 resulted in the death of a 72-year old man. The man died of blunt force trauma after his vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle. He was transported to the University of Louisville’s emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Can Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Systems Save Lives?

A little over one-quarter of all traffic accidents are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year in the United States.

Two of the most common causes of rear-end collisions are distracted driving and speeding. However, automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems can reduce the risk of a rear-end collision by taking action when the driver fails to do so. If the driver fails to apply the brakes when the vehicle gets too close to another vehicle, the AEB system engages the brakes to prevent a rear-end collision.

Most vehicle manufacturers offer AEB systems as an option. However, 20 automakers have pledged to make AEB systems a standard feature on models beginning in September 2022. This will cover approximately 99 percent of the new-car market. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “By proactively making emergency braking systems standard equipment on their vehicles, these 20 automakers will help prevent thousands of crashes and save lives. It’s a win for safety and a win for consumers.”

Damages in a Rear-End Collision?

The types of damages in a rear-end collision depends on the type of injuries sustained in the accident, the severity of the injuries, and the person’s prognosis. Most accident victims are entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. However, an accident victim may also be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Future medical treatments, including long-term personal care, if needed
  • Future lost wages, if you are unable to return to work
  • Loss of earning capacity, if you are unable to earn the same income as before the accident due to your injuries
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Funeral expenses, including burial and cremation expenses, in the event of a death
  • Loss of love, support, companionship, and guidance, in the event of a death
  • Physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury and recovery, such as travel expenses, over-the-counter medication, and medical supplies

If you have more questions regarding the value of your personal injury case, our Louisville car accident attorneys offer free case evaluations.

Contact an Experienced Louisville Car Accident Attorney

If you are injured in a rear-end collision, the insurance adjuster for the other driver may try to convince you that you do not need an attorney. However, the insurance adjuster does not represent you. He has the insurance company’s best interest as his top priority. You need someone on your side who has your best interest as his top priority.

Our Louisville car accident attorneys are ready to fight for your right to recover a fair and full settlement for your car accident claim. Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form to schedule your free legal consultation with a Louisville car accident attorney.