Rear-end collisions are one of the top three causes of truck wrecks. If you have been involved in a rear end collision with a large truck, your accident may have been prevented if the truck was equipped with the most basic safety technology, a forward collision warning system.
This system alerts drivers with an audible and visual warning that a rear end collision in imminent. The most advanced safety technology alerts drivers that a collision is imminent and automatically applies emergency braking to stop the truck.
Trucking companies have the option to install these advanced technologies for the safety of the public. The WABCO OnGuard Collision Warning Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation and the Detroit Assurance Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation and Active Brake Assist with Adjustable Headway Control range in price between $4,000.00 and $5,000.00. This is a small price to pay to prevent a collision.
If you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of a tractor-trailer, you should determine if the truck was equipped with this advanced equipment. If you were involved in a collision with a newer truck, a personal injury attorney can determine if the truck was equipped with this technology and argue it is now industry standard for newer trucks.
The National Highway Safety Administration granted a petition in October 2015 to require automatic forward collision avoidance and mitigation systems on certain heavy trucks, but as of the blog (5/31/2017), the requirement has not become a regulatory mandate.
If you have questions about this new safety technology, attorneys at Bailey and Oliver will be glad to answer your questions. Just give us a call at 479-202-5200.
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Collision Avoidance Technology, January 9 2017: http://www.baileyoliverlawfirm.com/news/2017/jan/09/collision-avoidance-technology/
How to be Safe Around 18-Wheelers, July 9, 2016: http://www.baileyoliverlawfirm.com/news/2016/jul/09/how-be-safe-around-18-wheelers/