According to federal data, there were more than 400,000 accidents involving large trucks in 2015. Sadly, these crashes resulted in 116,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths. However, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that advanced truck safety technologies could prevent over 77,000 truck accidents each year, which would save lives in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.
AAA studied the benefits of installing four advanced safety systems in large trucks and determined that the technologies saved lives. Researchers found that the technology that could prevent the most accidents was a video-based onboard safety monitor, which may be able to prevent 63,000 crashes, 17,733 injuries and 293 deaths each year. The second most effective technology was a lane departure warning system, which could prevent an estimated 6,372 crashes, 1,342 injuries and 115 deaths each year. Automatic emergency braking systems came in third with the potential to prevent 5,294 crashes, 2,753 injuries and 55 deaths each year. Air disc brakes came in fourth, possibly preventing 2,411 crashes, 1,447 injuries and 37 deaths each year. All four technologies combined could prevent 77,077 crashes annually.
AAA came up with the estimates by studying the best available research and recent federal crash data. It also consulted with an advisory panel of safety experts.
When passenger vehicles are involved in a collision with a large truck, the occupants of the smaller vehicle often suffer the worst injuries. Victims of truck accidents may wish to contact an attorney about their case. Depending on the circumstances, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and/or trucking company responsible for the crash. Possible damages sought in truck accident cases may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and property loss.