Rear-end crashes are one of the more common and dangerous types of truck accidents that can occur. They’re most apt to occur on interstates within work zones or in heavy traffic. Fleet analysts anticipate these incidents continuing to rise as more consumers purchase products for delivery to their homes.
Are rear-end accidents truly preventable?
Many safety analysts suggest that rear-end tractor-trailer crashes are often preventable. The introduction of crash avoidance and mitigation systems in the late 1990s offered truckers a way to mostly avoid these accidents. Federal officials haven’t yet made it mandatory for trucks to have these installed on them, though.
How do crash avoidance and mitigation systems work?
Many newer cars available on the U.S. market come equipped with an automatic braking system (ABS), which helps drivers more efficiently bring their vehicles to a full stop in emergencies. The ABS coupled with the front collision warning system can minimize passenger car accidents.
The crash avoidance and mitigation systems that safety analysts are pushing for on trucks would function very similarly to the ones that now come on cars. The problem is that there are currently only a few tractor-trailers that have this system installed on them. No one seems to be in a rush to make it happen either.
How effective are crash avoidance and mitigation systems?
Truck safety analysts argue crash avoidance and mitigation systems can curb if not eliminate all of these deadly driving behaviors that result in rear-end accidents. Statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show that at least 5,096 motorists lost their lives in crashes with tractor-trailers in 2018. This index marked more than a 30% increase in truck-involved fatalities in 2009.
Fleet companies and government regulators seldom make changes until crashes like these become alarming statistics or affect their wallets. A truck wreck can be devastating. An attorney can help you understand what to do if you or a loved one suffered an injury in a truck wreck.