Though accidents involving semi-trucks can often be horrific, life-changing and catastrophic, the trucking industry has been attempting to implement new technology to avoid wrecks.
Some companies are using a reporting system called Telematics. Telematics can track and also report on-road behaviors for each of its drivers, such as hard breaking and acceleration, seat-belt utilization, and much more. If a driver is flagged for one (or multiple) violations of these on-road behaviors, drivers can face serious consequences.
Recently, Volvo’s truck division created an emergency brake system, which involves a series of steps designed to prevent one of its trucks from rear-ending a slowed or stopped vehicle.
The emergency brake system employs radar to detect vehicles ahead. First it shows the driver a blinking red light. If the driver fails to notice the light, the braking system adds a beeping noise. If those alerts fail, the system takes action, and will gently start applying the brake and eventually, using the emergency brakes, will bring the truck to a full stop.
Handling trucking accidents are very complicated. Many times, an injured victim has to deal with a variety of issues relating to parties, drivers, employers and so on. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident call Kaiman & Crahan today.