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Is new technology capable of reducing truck collisions?

| Jul 15, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Indiana truckers might feel relieved to know that new and developing technology intends to support safer travels. Some new tech features might even reduce the chances of rear-end collisions.

Truck safety and technology innovations

Commercial truckers often find themselves on the road for long hours, including hundreds of miles of highway and in congested metropolitan areas. Each trip might come with accident risks since big trucks deal with blind spots, longer braking distance times and other concerns.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals positive news for those worried about motor vehicle accidents involving trucks. The addition of forward-collision warning systems and automatic emergency braking systems can cut down on rear-end crashing by a significant percentage.

A rear collision caused by a large truck could inflict massive damage on a smaller vehicle, possibly resulting in fatalities. The development of new technology might make deadly crashes less common.

Technology and negligence

Truck drivers cannot rely exclusively on technology to avoid collisions. Following safe driving practices, such as not tailgating and being mindful when changing lanes, could also reduce collisions. Relying exclusively on safety technology might, ironically, not be the safest strategy.

Not all truck accidents result from a tractor-trailer driver’s negligence, though. A driver could cut off the big truck and cause a crash. Sometimes, those crashes involve multiple cars and many injuries. The victims or their families might initiate legal action against all the negligent parties.

Insurance coverage may pay for losses after a truck accident. Hopefully, the negligent driver’s policy has a high enough limit to pay for all losses. If the insurance company is reluctant to pay out, a lawsuit might follow. An attorney may review the specifics of the truck accident to determine fault. The attorney may then work with a client to take appropriate legal action.