Drivers in Louisiana who operate large commercial trucks that are equipped with state-of-the-art, video-based safety devices may be a little safer on the road. The results of a study conducted by the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety have indicated that such safety technologies can prevent as many as 63,000 crashes in which large trucks are a factor.
The study, which was conducted over a 15-month period, reported that large trucks were factors in over 400,000 crashes in 2015. Out of those crashes, there were over 116,000 injuries and 4,000 fatalities.
The factors evaluated in the study included the costs associated with the installation of four cutting-edge safety technologies in existing and new large trucks as well as how the safety advantages provided by the technologies would benefit society. The technologies included automatic emergency braking, video-based onboard safety monitoring systems, warning systems for lane departures and air disc brakes.
According to a senior researcher at the AAA foundation, advising motorists that many operators of large trucks will be using safety technologies in order to make the motorists less anxious when sharing the highway with huge tractor-trailer rigs was one of the main goals of the study. The results of a AAA survey that was conducted to accompany the safety systems show that approximately 25 percent of adults believe that the addition of safety technology to large trucks would make them feel more comfortable while driving next to the large vehicles on the road.
A personal injury attorney may pursue financial damages on behalf of clients who sustained injuries in a commercial vehicle accident. The driver of the vehicle may be sued for operating a vehicle while drunk, distracted or sleepy. Multiple parties may be held liable for the defective auto parts that contributed to the accident, such as defective tires or brakes.