March 2016 Archives

Automatic braking technology to be standard by 2022

Distracted driving is a very serious issue in Missouri and nationwide. One of the types of accidents that can result when a person is behind the wheel and using a cellphone is a rear-end crash. At least 547,000 injuries and 1,705 deaths in 2012 were attributed to rear-end accidents, 87 percent of which might have been avoided if the vehicles involved were outfitted with preventive technologies such as automatic braking. The potential for improving safety with this technology is significant, and a recent agreement among automakers will provide for the incorporation of automatic braking in approximately 99 percent of light vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2022.

New research on TBIs

Many Missouri residents are some of the estimated 1.7 million Americans who incur traumatic brain injuries each year. TBIs can destroy their quality of life and leave them unable to meet their basic daily needs. Their may be lasting effects that persist for years after the injury is incurred. Researchers have been working to detect the exact way in which TBIs cause this long-term impairment, as understanding the syndrome may prove helpful in developing new methods of treatment.

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