Can West Palm Beach Truck Accidents Be Prevented?
A West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses Four New Technologies That May Prevent Florida Truck Accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently reviewed four new technologies that may help prevent Florida semi-truck accidents. The technologies included:
- Side View Assist: Trucks have large blind spots. The blind spot of a semi-truck extends 200 feet. Many Florida semi-truck accidents occur because a truck driver simply did not see the other vehicle. Side View Assist technology uses side cameras to alert truck drivers of vehicles in their blind spots.
- Forward Collision Warning/Mitigation: The forward blind spot on an 18-wheeler extends 10 to 20 feet in front of the vehicle. A driver can't see cars or pedestrians in this space. Forward collision warning systems use cameras to see front blind spots.
- Lane Departure Warning/Prevention: Many Florida commercial truck accidents occur when a distracted or drowsy driver inadvertently moves out of his lane and sideswipes another car. Lane departure warning systems use cameras to detect when a truck is about to cross a lane and they alert the driver by muting the radio and playing a rumble strip sound or other alert. The system is able to recognize intentional lane changes and does not sound the alarm in those cases.
- Vehicle Stability Control: Stability control technology helps prevent rollover and jackknife accidents by detecting when a truck is becoming unstable and applying individual brakes to each wheel.
Although each technology has the potential to prevent some Palm Beach big rig crashes, technology can do little to prevent driver negligence. If you have been hurt in a truck accident in Florida, please contact West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.