UNTIED STATES – July 6, 2020 – According to FleetOwner.com, the advancement of safety technology in commercial trucks has grown exponentially in the last 25 years. Finally, the motor vehicle industry has caught up with the makers of home computers, smartphones, and other devices. Now the trucking industry can rely on technological advances to piece together the cause or causes of an accident involving a truck. The advancement of technology has given the trucking industry the tools to determine why accidents happen with great specificity and how they can work to prevent catastrophic incidents from occurring in the future. Devices such as computer modules, dash cams, safety sensors, and GPS devices help pave the way for a safer trucking industry, according to Fleetowner.com. Notwithstanding the advancements, there is much progress that remains to be made in the trucking industry.
Accident reconstruction experts once relied upon measurements, photographs, eyewitness testimony, and records to determine how an accident occurred. Accident reconstruction experts even needed to know calculus to determine speed and angle of a collision before technology enhanced the science of reconstructing collisions.
With the advent technology, onboard computers can register a truck speed, the input provided by the breaks within two minutes of the last stop or heartbreaking incident, as well as determine the percentage of throttle input from the driver to help accident investigators put together a final report.
Trucks are now outfitted with a number of sensors and warning systems that provide feedback to the truck driver regarding the safety of the vehicle itself and its proximity to other objects around it. Sensors such as lane departure warning, tire pressure sensors, forward radar or lidar, and swaying sensors record critical events that can transmit issues to the driver’s dispatch center. The driver’s dispatch center can record this information and maintain it for use in an accident reconstruction.
Another development that has served as a tool for accountability of the driver as well as other motorists on the road are dashboard cameras and video surveillance cameras affixed to the truck. Video monitoring of the road and the area surrounding the truck, as well as monitoring the view as the driver sees it from a dashboard which can recreate an accident unlike any other device currently in use. Over time, the proliferation of these devices should make the trucking industry much safer.
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