It might seem obvious to claim that motor vehicle accident fatalities are currently lower than they’ve been in several years, especially in light of the quarantine, but this claim is based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
from 2019 and earlier, rather than 2020. The last three years have seen a steady decline in crash fatalities, dropping from 37,806 in 2016 to 36,120 in 2019. These are hardly the lowest they’ve ever been, with figures in 2010 and 2011 hovering below 33,000 deaths, but at least these are positive signs that certain efforts in Florida and elsewhere to curtail reckless driving, or distracted driving, or driving under the influence, have been making an impact.
Car and Driver points out that 2020 will undoubtedly need an asterisk, especially when figures come out showing positive decreases nationwide, but for now, they’re suggesting one possibility for the drop in 2019: driver assistance systems, like automated emergency braking, which can sometimes take over in the event of a careless or distracted driver.
Using forward-facing cameras and radar, vehicles with automated emergency braking will warn the driver of an imminent forward collision with another vehicle, pedestrian, or object and then brake the vehicle on behalf of the driver if he or she takes no action.
Looking ahead to 2021, when the data is likely to spike from whatever shakes out in 2020, the good news is that automation may be helping. That and better driving overall, we hope.
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