Measuring Truck Safety on Pennsylvania Roads
A large commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Think about the damage that can be done to smaller passenger vehicles in a crash. In 2016, over 4,300 road deaths were attributed to truck accidents. This marked a staggering 5.4 percent increase from 2015.
Since trucks pose such a risk on Pennsylvania roads, you would think that the industry would be quick to implement more safety features to prevent collisions. However, Securing America’s Future Energy — a Washington DC think tank — found that only 15 percent of large trucks were equipped with FCW/collision-mitigation systems, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Safe driving technology features on trucks can save lives
These days, most passenger cars come standard with safety features such as lane departure warning systems and back-up cameras. That technology is now coming to the truck driving industry as well, but not soon enough. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that these safety features could have prevented as many as 107,000 accidents each year.
The problem is that many of these features are expensive, and the truck drivers are bearing the brunt of that expense as many trucks are owner-operated. A new truck fully equipped with all these features can cost anywhere from $135,000-$160,000. However, there are other options. Mobileye, a company that manufactures these advanced safety systems, says that many old trucks can be retrofitted with these features for as little as $849.00.
When the worst happens, turn to an experienced attorney
Truck accidents are still far too common on our roadways. The dedicated Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at Marcus & Mack have seen the disastrous consequences of negligent driving. Until safety features become more commonplace in the trucking industry, passenger vehicle drivers need to be aware of the risks of sustaining serious or life-threatening injuries. Do your best to understand the limitations of large trucks. Stay out of blind spots when passing and keep a safe distance.
Because of the limitations of large trucks, drivers should be well trained, experienced and responsible when operating big rigs. The negligent actions of a truck driver could result in a life-altering injury to a motorist. Even the safest driver can easily fall victim to a trucker who drives too fast, drives under the influence or falls asleep at the wheel.
In the event that you or a loved one are injured, it's crucial that you speak to an experienced attorney at Marcus & Mack. We can offer you a free consultation and fight for the compensation you deserve.