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Crash Involving Two Semi Trucks in Buncombe County

ZF has reassuring safety data on external airbags

North Carolina residents who keep up with advances in vehicle safety technology have no doubt already heard of external airbags. Like self-driving cars, this technology is far from becoming a reality since the technology has yet to be perfected, but some new safety data may encourage car parts manufacturers to pursue a strategy with them.

One of these manufacturers, the ZF Group, has discovered that external airbags reduce injury severity in the event of a side collision by up to 40 percent. ZF has developed its own model of external airbags, which deploy from the sides of a vehicle to act as an additional crumple zone and absorb the shock of a side collision.

Tractor Trailer Overturned in Haywood County

Multiple Fatal Wrecks on US 441 in Jackson County

Last week, there were two fatal wrecks on US 441 in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, both crashes happened at around the same time on Friday afternoon. The first wreck happened in the southbound lane, when a northbound vehicle hydroplaned. The driver lost control, and the vehicle went into southbound traffic. It hit an oncoming vehicle. A passenger occupant was killed in that crash, and others were rushed to the hospital for treatment of serious life threatening injuries.

Crash Involving State Trooper in Henderson County

Automatic braking systems seem effective

Rear-end collisions account for about one in three traffic accidents in North Carolina and around the country, but autonomous safety systems that monitor the road ahead and apply vehicle brakes automatically could prevent many of them according to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit organization says that the technology reduces rear end-collisions by about 40 percent and prevents injuries by up to 68 percent when accidents do occur.

IIHS researchers wanted to find out if the impressive performance of forward monitoring systems and automatic brakes in controlled crash tests carried over into real world situations. To do this, they studied police car accident reports and then used a list of vehicle serial numbers provided by General Motors to determine which accidents involved vehicles equipped with the autonomous technology.

Fatal Multi Car Crash in McDowell County

Fatal Semi Truck Crash in Marion

Stolen Truck Hits Van in Asheville

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