Could emergency braking prevent truck collisions?

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2021 | Personal Injury

Trucking professionals understand that various federal regulations exist to increase safety. Truck drivers traveling through Texas are likely familiar with the requirements for mandatory breaks, and some might know about other mandates. Interestingly, the government has yet to impose any automatic emergency brake system requirements on truck fleets. While no safety system is foolproof in preventing all accidents, anything that increases safety has some benefits.

Emergency braking and tractor-trailers

Vehicles that come with collision avoidance systems might be safer models to drive. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) setups could come into play when a collision appears imminent. These systems work with advanced technology sensors to keep an “eye” on the road. If the vehicle appears headed for a crash, the AEB system goes into effect to slow and stop the vehicle. The driver does not have to engage the brakes at all.

Tractor-trailer manufacturers have no mandates to install these systems, which is somewhat unfortunate. These huge trucks require a significant distance to stop, and there might be times when every second counts. If the driver is unable to respond in time, at least the AEB system could do something. Or rather, the AEB may respond if installed.

Negligence and collisions

Automatic emergency braking could assist drivers wishing to avoid truck accidents, but collision avoidance systems won’t help much when a driver operates a vehicle negligently. A driver prone to tailgating or driving too fast creates dangers that present risks to others. Technology does many things, but it can’t force a driver to behave safer on the road.

When a truck driver’s negligence causes an accident, the victims may seek compensation through a lawsuit or insurance claim. A settlement or award may cover medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses.