Recent technological developments in the safe operation of large trucks have the potential to avert tens of thousands of crashes per year. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends that all new and existing large trucks receive the installation of 4 different types of technological safety systems. These technologies, according to AAA, can significantly reduce truck accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
The AAA report on large truck safety
A report issued by AAA, titled “Leverage large: Technology and Engineering to Realize Safety Gains,” recommends the addition of the following technologies to large trucks:
- Truck cab monitoring video sensors and cameras
- Lane departure warning systems
- Air disc brakes
- Automatic emergency braking
The report estimated the number of truck crashes that were preventable with the use of these technologies. This estimate was compiled from data available on the rates of large truck crashes from 2010 to 2015, as well as experts from the trucking industry and federal government, recommendations from an expert advisory panel, and the best available studies. According to the report’s conclusion, the benefits of outfitting both existing and new trucks with these technologies far exceed their financial cost when the reduction in truck accidents is taken into account.
The statistics cited by the report covering the projected benefits of installing these large truck technology safety systems are as follows:
Video based on board safety monitoring systems could prevent each year:
- 63,000 truck crashes
- 17,733 injuries
- 293 truck crash related deaths
Lane departure warning systems could prevent each year:
- 6,372 crashes
- 1,342 injuries
- 115 truck crash related deaths
Automatic emergency braking could prevent each year:
- 5,294 truck crashes
- 2,753 injuries
- 55 truck crash related deaths
Air disc brakes could prevent each year:
- 2411 truck crashes
- 1447 injuries
- 37 truck crash related deaths
With the application of all four technologies, a total of 77,077 crashes could be prevented each year.
The Trucking Alliance agrees
The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, otherwise referred to as the Trucking Alliance, is in favor of the reforms recommended by AAA involving the large truck technological safety enhancements mentioned above. The Trucking Alliance has adopted these technologies as conditions for membership into its organization.
Legal recourse after a New Jersey truck accident injury
In a collision between a large truck and a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are often at the greatest disadvantage. Victims of these crashes do have recourse to recover compensation for their injuries, particularly when another party, including the truck driver, trucking company, or other entity is deemed liable. The potential damages available due to injuries sustained from a truck collision include lost wages, medical expenses, property loss, and pain and suffering.
A devastating truck accident can impact the course of your life for either the short or long-term. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a collision with a large truck, the NJ truck accident attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP are here to help you. We can provide you with compassionate and intelligent advocacy, working vigorously to recover the financial compensation you deserve. We serve clients from our three convenient office locations in Red Bank, Edison, and Toms River, NJ. To request a free consultation about your case, call us today at 732-777-0100 or complete our contact form.