Modern automotive technology has brought us everything from cars and trucks that perform more efficiently to vehicles that can detect bad road conditions and even engine or other mechanical problems. Crash avoidance technology is also being developed in an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents. With this technology showing promise in passenger vehicles, now is the time to introduce it to commercial vehicles and reduce the number of big rig wrecks and commercial trucking accidents.
What Are Crash Avoidance Systems?
Crash avoidance systems are a vehicle feature that helps drivers avoid accidents in various ways. They operate automatically through the use of sensors that detect driver behavior, road conditions, and many other things to help prevent accidents. Some of the many crash avoidance features currently available for passenger cars include the following:
- Front Crash Prevention - Detects when vehicles get too close to the vehicle in front of them
- Lane Departure Warnings - Alerts drivers if they start to leave their current lane
- Adaptive Cruise Control - Automatically slows a vehicle operating under cruise control when coming up on a slower vehicle
- Blind Spot Detection - Warns when other vehicles are entering the vehicle’s blind spots
- Fatigue Warnings - Alerts drivers when they display behavior associated with being fatigued
There are numerous other warning and alert features available as well. These systems are not available in all passenger vehicles yet, although there has been a positive response to vehicles where they are available. Although this technology is fairly new and there are studies pending on many of the features, it is promising to learn that front crash prevention detectors are actually preventing crashes.
Crash Avoidance Systems and Big Rigs
Currently, crash avoidance systems are not mandatory on any vehicles, including commercial trucks. With the advancement of this technology, the potential effect of crash avoidance systems in commercial trucks is being studied. Conclusions to studies done so far by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicate if commercial trucks involved in a study group had been outfitted with the right crash avoidance systems, the incidence of big rig wrecks and their severity could have been avoided or reduced exponentially. Front crash, blind spot, and fatigue warning systems are of particular interest for commercial trucks to prevent many of the accidents that happen.
NTSB - Crash Avoidance Systems for Big Trucks
With the positive effect that crash avoidance systems have had on passenger vehicle accidents with causation similar to many trucking accidents, the NTSB has officially recommended that all vehicles, including commercial trucks, include this technology in the near future. They have outlined a plan for the further development and testing of the best features for passenger cars and commercial trucks. They advise that within the next few years, all vehicles can use these safety features to help reduce the number of serious, costly accidents and incidental fatalities.
Crash avoidance technology is proving to be a definite way to reduce traffic accidents by helping drivers stay more aware and alert. These features could greatly help reduce the number and severity of big rig wrecks. As part of the ongoing effort for stricter commercial carrier regulations, there is hope that adding crash avoidance features to commercial trucks can help solve the issue of trucking accidents and make America’s highways safer!
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J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
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