How Safe is Truck Safety Technology, Jacksonville FL Attorneys Discuss
The wave of the future is here for the trucking industry. Many of its vehicles come fully equipped or retrofitted with modern safety technology that could reduce the likelihood of a roadway catastrophe. This includes:
- Lane-departure warning systems: Alerts drivers when their vehicles begin to veer into another lane or off the road.
- Collision-avoidance alerts: When a collision hazard is detected on the road ahead, this feature will release a warning sound or vibration.
- Rollover protection: When a tractor-trailer feels like it’s about to rollover, this feature will kick in by decelerating and stabilizing the vehicle.
- Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS): This feature includes semi-autonomous features such as adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance systems, and blind spot detection.
- GPS fleet tracking: A truck’s location, time on the road, speed, and direction is monitored by GPS fleet tracking.
- Dashboard cameras: Footage captured by a dashboard camera can provide visual evidence when a crash occurs.
When technology fails, the worst can happen
While this technology can go a long way toward preventing truck accidents in the Jacksonville area, it has its limitations. The ability to judge the road ahead and use evasive maneuvers to avoid a crash takes skill and experience – something that could become dormant if truck drivers depend too heavily on these safety features.
System errors can occur and many safety features could fail to detect potential hazards or alert drivers. Additionally, environmental factors such as rain, fog, and hazardous weather could obstruct some of these features’ basic functions.
Modern safety technology can certainly make a significant difference, but it can't replace safe, responsible driving. There needs to be a balance of driving skill and responsible use of safety features. When something goes wrong, drivers should have full control of their vehicles. Failure to do so could result in a serious truck accident.
Holding negligent parties accountable in truck accidents
Safety technology means good news for Jacksonville road users. However, it doesn’t provide a substitute for skill and responsible truck driving. If you were injured in a truck accident because the driver wasn’t in control of his or her vehicle, it’s crucial that your rights are upheld.
The attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic are dedicated to helping injured motorists seek justice. We’ll aggressively investigate your truck accident and find out where negligence occurred. We have the experience and legal knowledge to handle your claim. We have a long track record of getting big results for people injured in truck accidents, some of which include:
- $13 million verdict for a teenager who suffered a brain injury after a poorly lit logging truck made a U-turn in front of the car she was riding in.
- $9.65 million settlement in a wrongful death case involving an asleep-at-the-wheel tractor-trailer driver with a history of drug use that was covered up by his employer.
- Over $7 million settlement in a wrongful death case in which the truck had faulty brakes and the driver had a poor driving record.
- $5.2 million verdict on behalf of a man who was injured and lost his wife in a truck accident.
- $4 million settlement for a construction company owner who was struck head-on by a semi-truck.
Contact our law office today to find out how we can help you.