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Study shows advanced safety technologies on trucks save lives

Large truck accidents are increasing in Ohio and the rest of the United States. Statistics show that there were over 400,000 crashes involving large trucks in 2015. These accidents led to 4,000 deaths and 116,000 injuries, which represents a 4 percent increase from 2014.

However, a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that equipping tractor-trailers and other large trucks with advanced safety technologies could prevent as many as 77,000 truck accidents every year. These technologies include air disc brakes, automatic braking systems, lane departure systems and video-based onboard safety monitoring systems. Of those technologies, video-based monitors show the most promise. AAA analysts estimated that the technology could prevent up to 63,000 truck crashes, 17,733 injuries and 293 deaths each year. Air disc brakes, automatic braking systems and lane departure warning systems could prevent an additional 14,077 crashes, 5,542 injuries and 207 deaths each year combined.

One of the main purposes of the AAA study, entitled "Leveraging Large Truck Technology and Engineering to Realize Safety Gains," was to inform the public that advanced safety technologies are being adopted by many truckers and trucking companies. The hope is that this knowledge will alleviate some of the discomfort average motorists feel when sharing the road with big rigs.

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to the occupants of passenger vehicles. A personal injury attorney may be able to help victims of truck crashes recover compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, wages lost during recovery, pain and suffering and property damage. This might be accomplished by gathering evidence about the crash and filing a personal injury lawsuit in court.

Source: Transport Topics News, "AAA Study: Onboard Safety Systems Could Prevent 63,000 Large Truck Crashes," Sept. 21, 2017

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