The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can initiate rules and, if those rules are passed, can impose requirements on vehicle manufacturers. This includes manufacturers of large trucks. The NHTSA will start the rule making process if it is believed there is a legitimate safety need that could be served.
Trucking Info reports that four different highway safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to begin the rule making process to create a rule requiring forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses that have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 or more. The hope is that these systems would reduce the risk that truck driver error could cause the trucks to hit obstacles in their path.
While technologies can help avoid crashes, ultimately responsibility for driving safely will continue to fall on the trucker. If you or someone you love is hurt in a crash with a commercial motor vehicle, an Atlanta truck accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you and help you to make a damage claim for compensation.
Trucking Advocates Argue for Mandatory Crash Prevention Technology
Safety advocates arguing that there is reliable technology available that can help reduce truck crashes today- so there is no reason not to mandate that this technology be used.
The F-CAM technology use sensors and radar to detect if there is an obstacle in the path of the driver. If the driver does not respond right away to the Forward Collision Warning (FCW), then the vehicles will brake automatically when the truck gets too close to something in front or detects a slow-moving vehicle in front. The automatic braking system is called a Crash Mitigation Braking (CMB) system. Even if the CMB system does not necessarily stop the truck in time, it would at least reduce the speed of the vehicle and lessen the impact and crash severity.
F-CAM and CMB systems are already installed in many commercial motor vehicles; but not all. The systems that are currently installed are not subject to any national performance standards and not all trucking companies buy the systems. In fact, just three percent of more than three million standard tractor-trailers on U.S. roads today have this type of crash prevention technology.
Safety advocates believe if the NHTSA initiated rule making and moved forward with a rule, standards could be developed, the technology could be improved, and lives could be saved because more vehicles would be able to stop automatically before striking another car. Trucking Info quotes data suggesting as many as 2,500 crashes could be prevented with current technology and up to 6,300 crashes could be prevented with future generation systems. This is a lot of lives that could be saved if the NHTSA acts.
Regardless of what the agency does, truck drivers need to continue to pay attention to the road and stop when there is something in their path. If a distracted driver doesn’t stop on time and causes a collision, an Atlanta truck accident attorney can help victims take legal action for resulting loss.
The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a big rig, tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.