Each year, hundreds of thousands of large trucks are involved in traffic crashes across the United States. In 2019, 5,005 people were killed and 159,000 were injured in traffic accidents involving large trucks according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Today, many trucking companies and businesses are leveraging new technology to make their operations more efficient, cost-effective, and safer on the roads. However, many truck drivers are not trained on these technologies and are often told to solely rely on them in the event of an emergency.
Smart technology in trucks, such as automatic emergency braking, integrated truck health monitoring systems, and collision mitigation technology, can help truckers be safe on the roads. Trucking companies are also using video technology, GPS monitoring, mobile apps, and sensor analytics to help operators know how they can improve their driving skills. While these advancements are helpful, these systems can be confusing and may take away from the control of the vehicle operator. Thus, proper training on the new technology is key to creating safe roads and avoiding accidents.
By understanding what the technology is doing to keep truckers safe, commercial vehicle operators can do the same and become better drivers. For example, automated emergency braking systems are camera-based systems that include radar and lidar detection. When installing an automated emergency braking system, teaching a commercial vehicle driver the distance and signals that the technology detects can help drivers become more aware of these hazards. In the event of bad weather, truck drivers can be better trained to navigate poor road conditions and gain greater control of the vehicle. Instead of having the technology replace the participation of the driver, this technology should aid and assist the driver.
Further, commercial vehicle drivers need to understand what activates automated systems and the limitations of the systems. An automated emergency braking system detects objects or vehicles, the distance between the truck and other vehicles, and some systems connect to a truck’s GPS to detect stop signs and traffic information. When the system detects a vehicle that suddenly stops, the system alarms the driver to deploy the brakes.
Teaching drivers about what triggers a system can help them be aware of these common scenarios and adjust their driving accordingly before the system notifies them. Staying ahead of the systems allows drivers to limit the likelihood of having to use emergency features and only use them in a serious emergency situation.
How Can This Technology Help a Truck Accident Case?
In the event that a truck accident does occur, this technology can also provide detailed information about how an accident occurred and may help determine who is at fault in an accident. Video technology and sensor analytics can display speeds and capture an accident on camera. Cameras can also capture the truck driver’s actions, including if they were texting, fatigued, or following the local traffic safety laws.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
These technologies are designed to keep drivers safe, track trucking systems and help reduce the likelihood of accidents. Unfortunately, truck accidents can still happen unexpectedly and result in life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact the truck accident lawyers at the Felix Gonzalez Law Firm.