Texas drivers should know that two features, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, are set to become standard on most passenger vehicles by 2022. The trucking industry, though, has been slow to incorporate these features because each fleet can decide for itself whether to do so or not.
Perhaps you were injured through a trucker’s negligence; perhaps the trucker was drowsy or distracted and wound up rear-ending you. This is just one situation out of many that AEB and FCW could have prevented.
The benefits of AEB and FCW
The purpose of these systems is simple: Alert the driver to an impending crash, and apply the brakes if the driver does not react fast enough. Various truck fleets have reported on the benefits. For example, one in Lowell, Arkansas, installed the devices in 98% of its tractor-trailers and saw a 50% reduction in rear-end collisions initiated by its employees.
Another company in Green Bay, Wisconsin, found that within three years of installing advanced driver-assistance systems, it saw 68% fewer rear-end collisions and a 95% reduction in the severity of those crashes that did occur. The result was less downtime for equipment and higher driver retention rates.
Nearly half of truck fleets use AEB, FCW
Of all the heavy-duty vehicles being sold today, somewhere between 45% and 50% come with AEB spec’d by the fleets that bought them. Some companies are pushing for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to mandate their use on all commercial trucks. So far, though, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only mandated stability control, and that was back in 2017.
Legal representation for truck crash victims
Like many victims of truck crashes, you likely suffered serious injuries that have left you unable to work at the same capacity as before. If the trucker was indeed to blame, then you can file a claim against the trucking company or, if the trucker is an owner-operator, against the insurance company. The process can be complicated, so you could consider hiring a lawyer. The lawyer may negotiate on your behalf for a settlement.