Fear of a truck accident is an understandable concern for drivers when approximately 338,000 truck accidents happen per year. Nearly 4,000 of the accidents resulted in fatalities and three-quarters of the crashes had at least property and vehicle damage. California residents have extra cause for alarm as California is the state which reports the most truck accidents per year.
The Responsibilities of Truck Drivers
Truck drivers are responsible for demonstrating proper care of their 80,000 pound or more vehicle. One aspect of this is to understand how to safely drive a vehicle. Driving too quickly, for example, is one of the top causes of truck accidents.
Truck drivers must also maintain proper driving habits. Driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription medications, over the counter medicine, and illegal substances is another main cause of truck accidents. Accordingly, truck drivers must make responsible decisions when choosing if they should take medication prior to driving their vehicle.
Fatigue is another element to car crashes. Truck drivers have to maintain awareness of whether they are fit to get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Long shifts and night driving may prevent a driver from being alert enough to carry out his or her job.
Some companies force their drivers to be at their destinations by a certain time and that often causes the drivers to either rush to meet this goal or drive while unfit to do so. The same results could happen with incentives often provided to the truck drivers to reach their final destinations earlier than previously set.
How Collision Avoidance Technology Can Prevent Accidents
In 2013, truck accidents resulted in 7,000 truck drivers receiving injuries. In contrast, 52,000 motor vehicle drivers were injured in these same accidents. As drivers in non-commercial vehicles are at greater risk, precautions are needed to reduce the potential for a crash.
Technology is advancing rapidly to allow for more collision avoidance tools to become available for passenger cars. Items like parking assist and rear camera make driving easier, but collision avoidance technology can be used for safer highway driving?
Perhaps most useful in avoiding truck accidents are the tools to monitor what is occurring around your car. Blind spot monitors, for example, chirp or beep to alert you a vehicle is in your blind spot. Lane departure technology can signal that your vehicle is drifting out of your lane.
More advanced technologies allow your car to take control. With lane departure technologies, for example, the car will have a tool to steer itself back into the lane automatically. Some cars have forward collisions warnings and autobrake which can allow your car to prepare for impact. When fear of a crash is present, drivers may want to know that their car has the capability to take charge.
Personal Injury Lawyers for Truck Accidents
Though collision avoidance technologies can certainly reduce the risk of an accident, the behavior of a truck driver may still result in a crash. Benjamin Drake and the Drake Law Firm will help make the recovery process easier and earn you the compensation you deserve.
With a broad reach over California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton and most of the San Joaquin Valley, the Drake Law Firm is here to cover your legal needs.