Philadelphia area truck accidents are all too common. Because of their size and weight, trucks can inflict serious injury upon drivers who are involved in a Bucks County accident with a truck. A passenger car, and its passengers, or even stationary objects like light posts do not stand much of a chance against a very large, very powerful semi-truck. But what if there was technology that could help reduce truck accidents in Bucks County? New technology is being installed in trucks in the Philadelphia area, reports Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr., that produces possible accident warnings for the truck driver. These warnings can help truck drivers “see” what otherwise would not be seen.
In 2010, there were 5,846 truck accidents in Pennsylvania. Of those accidents, 145 were deadly. Although a majority of these accidents occurred on state highways, truck accidents are still of concern for Bucks County residents. A reduction in truck accidents would mean fewer PA fatal accidents as well as less money spent by trucking companies in repairs and settlements.
The most common situations that result in truck accidents are front-end collision, unplanned lane change or lane departure, and truck rollover. Some of the new technology being installed in Philadelphia area trucks will help prevent those situations:
- Front-end Collision Warning: Uses an adaptive cruise control feature to keep a safe following distance between the truck and the car ahead. If the truck gets too close, audio and visual warnings will be sent to the driver.
- Lane Departure Warning: Software in the truck recognizes the lines on Pennsylvania roads and gives the driver warnings if the truck is departing from its lane.
- Roll Stability: Truck sensors can tell when a truck is about to roll over. In this situation, the truck’s engine torque will automatically be lessened.
- Blind Spot Radar: Truck drivers have more blind spots than car drivers. This radar can sense when an object has entered one of these blind spots and send a warning to the truck driver.
Driving a truck is not an easy job. These technologies can make truck driving less stressful and also less dangerous for all Bucks County drivers.
If you’ve been injured in a Bucks County truck accident, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Make an appointment for a FREE consultation and download a FREE copy of our PA Car Accident Book for even more accident and personal injury claim information.