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New technology could reduce truck accidents

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, video technology could prevent up to 63,000 large truck accidents per year. In 2015, trucks driving on Florida and other state roads were involved in over 400,000 accidents. Those crashes resulted in over 4,000 deaths and more than 116,000 injuries. The study took place over a period of 15 months and looked at the cost and safety benefits of adding several different types of technology into large trucks.

In addition to video-based monitoring systems inside trucks themselves, the study looked at lane departure systems, emergency braking and air disc brakes. One of the goals of the study was to ease the minds of those driving in passenger vehicles next to larger trucks. According to another survey, roughly 25 percent of respondents said that they would feel better being near large trucks on the road if they made use of safety technology.

In addition to preventing up to 63,000 crashes annually, video safety technology could prevent up to 293 deaths per year. That is on top of preventing as many as 17,733 injuries each year. It is estimated that such a system would cost up to $750 to install and up to $60 per month afterward in recurring fees. These conclusions were based on analyzing past studies as opposed to any original research from those involved in the study.

Drivers or passengers who are hurt in a truck accident may experience significant injuries that may reduce their quality of life. In some cases, it may not be possible to go back to work or school. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. An attorney may review the case to determine if negligence played a role in causing it to happen.

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