Just five years ago, many crash-avoidance systems were options that could only be found on a small number of luxury models. Yet, as time and technology has progressed, many automotive brands have started to spread innovative safety features throughout more of their models, promising to save thousands of lives – and billions of dollars in the public, as well as private sectors.
On the heals of years of research and evaluations, the NHTSA believes that crash-avoidance technology for large trucks and other commercial vehicles could have enormous benefits to the public. The term “crash avoidance” denotes a wide variety of vehicle features, which are all designed to help a driver operate their vehicle safely. This technology is now capable of assisting commercial drivers of virtually any make and model with conveniences such as driver warning messages and automatic breaking, and some more advanced models even offer front-end radar systems, which virtually eliminate the possibility of low speed front-end collisions.
Generally, the utilization of crash-avoidance software works by monitoring the driver’s input, as well as their environment, scanning for hazards, and reacting to potential hazards to avoid collisions, or at least lessen their impacts. A recent study conducted at the University of Michigan Research Institute estimated that the economic benefits of this measure would likely range from $900 million for older technology on heavy-duty trucks, to $3.1 billion if future technology is installed on medium and large sized trucks as well. The system is built on anti-lock brakes, using a combination of radar and software to alert a driver of an imminent collision. In the event of an imminent accident, if the driver isn’t able to react in time, the system is designed to automatically engage the vehicles brakes to lessen the impact of the crash. (Transport Topics News)
Large truck accidents are a serious problem on American roadways, but these burgeoning crash avoidance technologies address a huge variety of safety concerns, across a wide range of vehicles including:
• Forward collision avoidance
• Adaptive cruise control • Lane departure warning and prevention • Blind spot detection • Parking assistance
• Reverse back over prevention • Adaptive headlights • Curve speed warnings
• Fatigue warnings • Electronic stability controls • Anti-lock brakes (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
These features are getting better and better with each model year, and they may promise tremendous potential in saving lives and preventing injury. Our lawyers want to stress that this burgeoning technology is meant to act as a supplement to an attentive and conscientious operator, not as a free pass for distracted drivers. If you or someone you know has been injured by a negligent or reckless driver, we can help you.