How Can Collision-Warning Systems Prevent Truck Accidents?

Last week, we wrote about the future of automobile safety and discussed the possibility of using self-driving trucks to avoid truck accidents. However, there are other ideas on the drawing board that are likely to be instituted much sooner.

Safety advocates that have lost loves ones in truck accidents have called on Congress to require collision-warning systems on large semi-trucks. Such technology might play a more important role in preventing truck accidents, as federal regulations, such as hours-of-service rules, have been rolled back.

Collision warning systems include devices that set off alarms or automatically cause the vehicle to brake and avoid an accident. In some cases, collision-warning systems can help fatigued truck drivers stay within their lanes.

Some commercial carriers have voluntarily adopted the use of collision warning systems, allowing us to find out if they always work.

Do Collision Warning Systems Always Work?

A recent truck accident shows that collision-warning systems do not always work. In Georgia, a family is mourning the death of their daughter who was killed in a truck accident where the semi-truck was equipped with a collision-warning device. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the semi-truck collided head on with a passenger vehicle.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family alleges that the truck never attempted to avoid a collision or even apply the brakes.

One example cannot show collision-warning systems do not work, but it does show they can fail.

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