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Could technology improve trucking safety?

The trucking industry impacts drivers in Arizona and other states across the nation. These large vehicles often make lengthy trips across the nation. While trucks play an important role in intrastate and interstate commerce, the trucking industry also causes a disproportionate amount of dangers and risks on the roadway when compared to other vehicles. Because of that, it is important to take on safety initiatives to reduce truck accidents.

Could technology improve trucking safety? While adding technology to the commercial trucking industry is nothing new, it is apparent that advanced technology has been designed specifically for large trucks such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers.

There are two major reasons to use a safety system in a truck. First, it could reduce or prevent a truck collision by improving the overall operation of the vehicle. Second, trucking safety technology could be used to understand the cause of a truck crash. This means that details of the vehicle and the driver will be recorded.

For example, a newer technology called "Smartdrive" was designed to provide a real-time record of everything happening with the truck and the driver. Despite the ability to capture the actions of a driver within the cab as well as a driver's-eye view of the route of travel, there is not a broad use of this technology in the industry. One major cause for this is the overall impact the data from this technology could have in litigation.

However, capturing both the actions of the truck driver and what is occurring on the road around the truck could help provide an accurate picture of an accident site. While this will help tremendously with accident investigation and applying liability, it could also improve the overall safety within the trucking industry. Understanding cause, whether it is improper driver training, failing safety systems, malfunctions or other similar errors or negligence, could allow for these incidents to be avoided or reduced.

While technology works to improve trucking safety, unfortunately this will not eliminate these types of collisions. Those involved in a truck crash should take proper steps to understand cause and fault. This could help victims protect their rights and interests, especially if he or she seeks to recover compensation in a civil action.

Source: The National Law Review, "Technology Can Improve Trucking Safety," Mark W. Davis, Mar. 25, 2015

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