Technology is making the roads safer for Texas drivers on a daily basis. One of the biggest hazards that you may face behind the wheel is the danger of being rear-ended by a truck. Now, new technology can reduce the risk of this happening by up to 40%.
Safety systems reduce accidents
Truck collisions can be deadly because of the size and weight of the vehicle. However, trucks are starting to be equipped with the same forward collision warning system and automatic braking systems that are found in newer models of cars. Already, this is starting to have an impact on road safety. Statistics have shown that trucks that have forward collision warning systems are 22% less likely to be in an accident. Automatic braking reduces the chances of an accident by 12%.
These systems are not standard
Truck operators still need to pay extra to have these safety systems as an option in their vehicles. They are not yet standard equipment on trucks in this country. Given the impact that they have been shown to have, it is at least worth it to consider mandating that these are standard. It will protect other drivers. More trucks on the road these days mean that life is more dangerous for drivers. Making these systems mandatory will reduce the risk of a fatal truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a truck, the law may entitle you to substantial financial compensation. You would need to show that the truck driver was negligent in the accident and that it was the cause of your injuries. Contacting a truck accidents attorney who could help you in filing your claim for compensation and negotiating a truck accident settlement with the insurance company could prove helpful for your next steps.