Installing advanced safety technologies in large commercial trucks can prevent about 63,000 truck-related crashes every year. In 2015, there were more than 400,000 trucking accidents that killed 4,067 people and injured 116,000 more.
Trucking Safety Technology
Advanced safety technologies on large commercial trucks can prevent a substantial number of truck-related accidents, serious injuries, and fatalities for truckers and other drivers. Truck safety technologies like automatic emergency braking systems, air disc brakes, lane departure warning systems, and video monitoring systems are saving thousands of lives every year.
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. They need a distance of about 525 feet to come to a complete stop when traveling at 65 mph, compared to passenger vehicles that only require 316 feet at the same speed. Drivers traveling in front of large trucks have a much greater risk of serious injury or death if hit from behind. Automatic emergency braking systems can detect when a vehicle crash is imminent and automatically apply the brakes when the driver doesn’t.
Air Disc Brakes
Large commercial trucks are converting to air disc brakes that offer performance and maintenance advantages over standard drum brakes. Although they cost a little more, they require less maintenance since they have fewer moving parts and provide faster stopping and shorter stopping distances for heavy trucks that are fully loaded. Their lighter weight reduces the unloaded weight of the truck and creates easier maneuverability on the road for the trucker. Air disc brakes can prevent more than 2,400 yearly trucking accidents.
Lane Departure Warning Systems
According to AAA studies, 61 percent of drivers say they feel unsafe when riding next to a large truck. Many claim they are fearful that the truck may swerve or jackknife out of its lane. Lane departure warning systems warn the driver if the truck starts to drift out of its lane. Due to their large size and overloaded or unevenly loaded cargo, semi-trailers commonly swerve at high speeds or in high winds and cause rollover crashes.
Video Monitoring Systems
Onboard video monitoring systems use sensors and video cameras to monitor the driver’s performance and behavior while behind the wheel. These systems are helpful in detecting truck driver fatigue, impaired driving, and poor driving behaviors that cause accidents. Video monitoring systems can potentially prevent as many as 17,733 injuries and 293 deaths every year.