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How technology can prevent large truck accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Large trucks play a vital role in transporting goods across the country. However, they also pose unique safety challenges on the road.

Fortunately, advancements in technology are helping to prevent accidents involving these massive vehicles. Drivers should take a look at some of the innovative solutions that are making roads safer for everyone.

Collision avoidance and electronic logging

One of the most significant technological advancements in preventing large truck accidents is the development of collision avoidance systems. These systems use sensors and cameras to monitor the truck’s surroundings and alert the driver to potential dangers, such as sudden stops or lane departures. In some cases, these systems can even automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.

Driver fatigue is a major contributing factor to large truck accidents. To combat this issue, many trucks are now equipped with electronic logging devices. These devices track the driver’s hours of service and ensure compliance with regulations that limit the amount of time a driver can spend behind the wheel.

Blind spot detection

Large trucks have significant blind spots that can make it challenging for drivers to see other vehicles on the road. Blind spot detection systems use sensors to monitor these blind spots and alert the driver when there is a vehicle in a dangerous position. Unfortunately, many large truck accidents keep occurring. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says 119,000 large truck and bus injury accidents happened throughout 2021.

By embracing these advancements and investing in new technologies, trucking companies and drivers can reduce the number of accidents involving large trucks and create a safer transportation network for all road users.