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Can new technology reduce truck accidents?

Because large trucks are necessary and helpful in the world of interstate and intrastate commerce, residents in Iowa often encounter semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roadways throughout the state. While improvements have been made to these large vehicles, and new federal trucking laws have been passed over the last few years, accidents involving trucks still occur. This is a very concerning matter because truck accidents do not only cause large accident sites but are also likely to involve injured victims and fatalities.

Can new technology reduce truck accidents? Current truck safety systems in place, such as active brake assist, electronic stability control and forward collision warning, are all types of technology that have been implemented to increase truck safety. While these help to improve the safety for the driver and others traveling on the roadway, technology affects the entire driving experience and this condition needs to be addressed in the evolution of new trucking technology.

Although safety systems have been designed to assist the driver, technology is not designed to replace the driver. This means that it is still crucial to have adequate and trained truck drivers that follow the rules of the road and federal trucking regulations. While it is important to use technology to help mitigate and reduce crashes, this does not exceed the importance of having qualified truck drivers.

According to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, trucks cause 13 percent of all traffic fatalities. This amounts to 3,800 fatal crashes and 3,900 deaths per year. Additionally, truck accidents account for around 100,000 injuries per year. Because truck accidents unfortunately still occur at a concerning rate, victims in a crash, as well as their loved ones, should understand their rights following a crash.

Those harmed in a truck accident can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for injuries, losses and damages. If a loved one is killed in a truck crash, family members can seek compensation through a wrongful death suit. In either of these civil actions, it is important to fully understand the requirements and evidence needed to hold a negligent truck driver or trucking company responsible.

Source: Fleetowner.com, "Truck safety and new technology," Cristina Commendatore, Accessed Oct. 4, 2015

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