DOT’S Road Test Of Connected Vehicle Crash Avoidance Technology Could Not Come At a Better Time

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St. Louis Car Accident Attorney Chris Dysart Welcomes DOT’s Test of Crash Avoidance Technology Designed to Prevent Car Accidents

According to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland "Vehicle-to-vehicle communication has the potential to be the ultimate game-changer in roadway safety..."

St. Louis car accident attorney Christopher Dysart of The Dysart Law Firm, P.C. ( praises DOT’s road test of cars, trucks and buses equipped with "connected" Wi-Fi technology to enable vehicles and infrastructure to "talk" to each other to prevent car accidents, and notes “it could not come at a better time.” The testing began on August 21, 2012 on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan as part of a year-long safety pilot project by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to Dysart, the testing could not come at a better time because the National Transportation Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) statistics for the first three months of 2012 show a 13.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities compared to the first three months of 2011. According to NHTSA “if these projections for the first quarter of 2012 are realized, it will represent the second largest year to year quarterly increase in fatalities since NHTSA began recording car accident fatalities in 1975.”

The Crash Avoidance Technology testing will be conducted by University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the test cars, trucks and buses are equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication devices that will gather extensive data designed to reduce car accidents..

According to NHTSA, V2V safety technology could help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of four out of five unimpaired car accidents. To accomplish this, the model deployment vehicles will send electronic data messages, receive messages from other equipped vehicles, and translate the data into a warning to the driver during specific hazardous traffic scenarios. Such hazards include an impending collision at a blind intersection, a vehicle changing lanes in another vehicle's blind spot, or a rear collision with a vehicle stopped ahead, among others.

According to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland "Vehicle-to-vehicle communication has the potential to be the ultimate game-changer in roadway safety – but we need to understand how to apply the technology in an effective way in the real world."

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About The Dysart Law Firm, P.C.
The Dysart Law Firm, P.C. is a St. Louis based car accident law firm that serves clients throughout the States of Missouri and Illinois, including the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Columbia, St. Charles, O’Fallen, Springfield, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, Alton, Granite City, Edwardsville, Wood River, Roxana, Belleville, East St. Louis, Collinsville, Rockford, Naperville, Peoria, Elgin, Champaign, Carbondale and Mount Vernon. . The firm’s practice includes car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, auto manufacturing defects and wrongful death.

Mr. Dysart is a former federal prosecutor and has been nationally recognized as a personal injury lawyer obtaining numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

The Dysart Law Firm, P.C. is located at 100 Chesterfield Business Parkway, Second Floor, St. Louis, Missouri 63005 (toll free number 888-586-7041). The firm’s website may be seen at, and Mr. Dysart may be contacted via e-mail at cdysart(at)dysart-law(dot)com.

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