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Potentially lifesaving technology not being used in trucks

Occupants of a vehicle that is struck from behind by a speeding semi truck are likely to suffer very serious or even fatal injuries. Often, such accidents are due to driver error or fatigue. But at present, there is technology available that could help avert such accidents. Essentially, the system works by having a radar device secured to a truck's front bumper. When the radar detects an impending crash, the truck's brakes are engaged.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, such devices could have possibly prevented as many as 250 fatalities in 2011 and 2012. Recently, there has been support on behalf of the Department of Transportation to make these collision avoidance systems a requirement on all big rig trucks.

However, there has been resistance on behalf of some politicians and trucking industry representatives. One argument is that some irresponsible truck drivers may use the systems as an excuse to be less attentive while behind the wheel, which could lead to more accidents.

Rear end collisions can cause victims to suffer a variety of injuries, including those to the spine and neck. It is also possible a victim could suffer lacerations from his or her safety belt. And if the truck is traveling fast enough, the victims could even be crushed when their vehicle is driven into another vehicle.

Perhaps one day all trucks will be equipped with crash prevention systems that will effectively lessen the likelihood of such violent accidents. In the meantime, the onus is on the drivers of these large and powerful vehicles to remain alert when behind the wheel and to always obey the rules of the road.

If you or someone in your family has come to harm as the result of a negligent truck driver, you will likely need compensation to pay for medical expenses as well as the costs inherent for physical rehabilitation. A Texas truck accident attorney can examine the details of your case and may be able to help you decide the best course of action to take in getting fair recompense.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Technology that could curb truck deaths is mired in DC bureaucracy," Johnny Edwards. Nov. 25, 2015

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