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Could new technology reduce truck accidents?

Residents in Pennsylvania are aware of the important role the trucking industry plays in interstate and intrastate commerce. Seeing trucks on the roadways means that goods and material are being timely transported to their destination. Trucks on the roadways also means encountering certain dangers and hazards. Although federal trucking regulations and specialized technology have worked to address the concerns and hazards involved in the trucking industry, this does not eliminate the occurrences of truck accidents.

Could new truck technology improve truck safety? Current safety systems utilized in the trucking industry include systems, such as active brake assist, electronic stability control and forward collision warning. While these systems are designed to work together and improve the safety and driving capabilities of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, these safety systems affect the entire driving experience for truck drivers.

While the evolution of these safety systems could greatly improve the safety of these large vehicles as they are designed to assist truck drivers in maintaining the vehicle and reducing risks of collisions, these safety systems do not replace the driver. This means, that no matter the advancement of truck technology, the needs for a properly trained and well-qualified truck driver will remain. Following the rules of the road and abiding by federal trucking regulations helps ensure truck drivers are not negligent, distracted or reckless behind the wheel.

Taking steps to improve truck safety is always important. Nonetheless, this does not eliminate their occurrences. For example, according to a study conducted by the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan, truck accident account for 3,800 fatal collisions, 3,900 fatalities and roughly 100,000 injuries each year. Also, truck accidents account for about 13 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Following a truck accident, it is important for victims and their loved ones to understand the recourses available to him or her. This mean investigating the cause of the crash so liability could be placed on the party at fault. Whether a truck driver, trucking company or multiple parties is at fault, victims can take steps to hold them responsible for the injuries, losses and damages caused by the truck accident.

Source:, "Truck safety and new technology," Cristina Commendatore, Aug. 31, 2015

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