Truck accidents are an awful catastrophe that no individual or family should ever be forced to go through. These devastating crashes are caused by fatigued drivers, inattentiveness, poor training, defective products or poor maintenance – just to name a few examples. Fortunately, new technologies may offer ways to prevent truck accidents. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims collision-avoidance technology can severely reduce crashes caused by inattentive or drowsy truck drivers.
Over the last year, NHTSA has field tested collision-avoidance technology, which includes automatic emergency braking and impact alert systems. NHTSA’s study involved 150 Class-8 tractor trailer vehicles outfitted with this technology, 3 million miles of driving and 110,00 hours of collected data! In addition, the study used 169 drivers from seven trucking companies.
The results claim that collision-avoidance technology prevented a total of 6,000 potential collisions! It is no surprise that NHTSA wants the same technologies as a standard feature on passenger vehicles.
How Does Collision-Avoidance Technology Work?
Collision-avoidance technology prioritizes safety risks, such as passenger vehicles following too closely or potential lane departures. Truck drivers are warned of potential collisions or lane departures before they have the chance to happen.
It is possible that by using this technology, truck accidents could be reduced. Many truck accidents are caused by drowsy driving, passenger vehicles passing trucks or sudden stops.
Let’s use drowsy driving as an example. If semi-truck drivers using this technology experienced drowsiness, and then started to depart from the road, the collision-avoidance technology would issue a loud warning so he or she could take action. Let’s say a vehicle was stopped in the middle of the road. Collision-avoidance technology could automatically steer the truck around the stopped vehicle.
It is possible that in the near-future, our nation’s roads will become safer thanks to this technology. Keep in mind, that NHTSA wants collision-avoidance installed on passenger vehicles and trucks.