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NTSB and others call for mandatory crash avoidance tech on trucks

While some trucking companies in Ohio have installed crash avoidance technology in their fleets, many have not. These businesses should know that some groups are pushing for the mandating of such technology on all commercial trucks. This action is being supported by several members of Congress.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been the most prominent advocate of this step. On at least 10 occasions since the 1990s, the NTSB has recommended that all heavy trucks be required to have forward crash avoidance and mitigation systems. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reportedly failed to act on the recommendations.

The NHTSA has issued a written statement saying that it studied early automatic emergency braking technology and that it has proceeded to research next-generation versions of the technology. This research is projected to wrap up in 18 to 24 months and could help NHTSA make informed decisions in the future.

Crash avoidance systems can prevent more than seven out of 10 rear-end collisions, according to the trucking companies that have incorporated the technology. When wrecks do occur, the technology is able to mitigate the severity of the injuries and vehicle damage. However, lobbying groups for the trucking industry maintain that implementing such technology should be voluntary.

Even with the latest safety tech, truckers are responsible for keeping their vehicles under control at all times. When they fail to do so and cause truck accidents, victims will have the grounds for personal injury claims. Legal counsel could help an accident victim obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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