Push is on to mandate crash avoidance systems in trucks

In 2016, 4,300 Americans were killed in car accidents involving semis and other large trucks, which is a 28 percent increase compared to 2009. Despite this, commercial trucks in New York and across the U.S. aren't required to have collision avoidance technology.

According to a report by The Kansas City Star, the National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandate collision avoidance technology in commercial trucks. However, the agency has failed to do so. As a result, only a small portion of large trucks currently traveling U.S. roads have advanced safety technology systems on board.

Studies show that collision avoidance systems featuring automatic emergency braking systems could prevent over 70 percent of all truck rear-end collisions. When crashes do happen, the technology has also been proven to mitigate the severity of the impact and reduce injuries. While the NTSB has long supported a law requiring that commercial trucks use such technology, the NHTSA has yet to take action. However, the agency has issued a statement saying it has finished researching early versions of automatic emergency braking systems and hopes to complete reviews of newer versions within 24 months. In the meantime, some U.S. lawmakers are pushing for Congress to step in and pass legislation mandating the use of collision avoidance technology in commercial trucking fleets.

Car accidents involving large trucks can cause severe injuries, especially to the occupants of passenger vehicles. Victims of truck accidents may wish to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible truck driver and/or the driver's trucking company. This type of lawsuit is designed to help injured victims obtain financial compensation for their losses, including medical expenses and lost wages. An attorney might evaluate a victim's case and help prepare a claim.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Kansas City Star: Changes Urged After Spike in Deadly Big Truck Crashes," Sept. 17, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Schedule Your Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Kelner & Kelner
140 Broadway, Floor 37
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 212-235-1027
Fax: 212-425-0007
New York Law Office Map