Have You Been Involved in a Car Accident? Could the Samsung Safety Truck Help to Prevent Trucking Accidents?
As we continue to rely on goods and products produced and manufactured throughout the country, we depend on trucking companies and truck drivers to deliver these goods to our local stores and markets. As increasing numbers of trucks travel the nation’s roads and highways, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of truck accidents and injuries. Trucking accidents can result in severe, potentially disabling, and even fatal injuries for both the drivers as well as other motorists on the road. Automobile drivers are at a severe disadvantage in these accidents, but new technology could result in increased safety awareness, and this technology has the potential to not only prevent injuries, but also to save lives.
South Carolina Truck Accidents
According to the South Carolina Trucking Association (SCTA), roughly 2,500 commercial trucking accidents occur each year in the Palmetto State, resulting in an estimated 2,000 injuries and anywhere between 85 and 100 deaths. On a national level, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that more than 300,000 trucking accidents happen each year, resulting in 75,000 serious injuries and over 4,000 deaths. According to the FMCSA, half of all trucking accidents are due to behaviors and errors on the part of the truck driver. At the same time, the SCTA is quick to point out that in the other half of these accidents, driver error is to blame. Driver mistakes and errors that contribute to trucking accidents include the following:
- Following trucks drivers too closely and lingering in a trucks ‘no zone’ or blind side
- Failure in allowing enough time to brake or coming to an abrupt stop in front of truck drivers
- Swerving in and out of lanes and cutting off truck drivers
- Attempting to pass a truck without being aware of potentially dangerous conditions that lie ahead
Due to the size, weight, and bulk of trucks and tractor-trailers, automobile drivers are at a disadvantage when sharing the road with truckers, and often fare worse in these types of accidents.
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Samsung Safety Truck
Technological advances may be part of the key to preventing truck accidents. According to a June 2015 CBS news report, Samsung developed a new type of truck which has a video monitor on the back enabling drivers to view obstacles which may be ahead. Through the monitor, automobile drivers would have a clear view of traffic and road conditions in front of the truck, thus giving drivers more time to brake in the event of an emergency, as well as enabling a clear view for passing. Samsung developed the truck as a prototype, and while it is no longer operational, research continues as to its potential merits.
Contact Us for Assistance
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina truck accident attorneys can advise you on get compensation for your injuries, either through the driver or through the truck company. Trucking accidents cause serious and potentially life threatening injuries. Get the compensation you deserve by calling Akim Anastopoulo today for a free review of your case.