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Information regarding truck accidents in California, which can result in catastrophic personal injuries or result in wrongful death.

Can New Technologies Reduce the Number of Truck Accidents?

Four highway safety groups have petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require large tractor-trailer trucks to be outfitted with collision alert systems. The collision alert systems would alert truck drivers to stopped traffic and automatically brake if the trucker failed to respond. According to the petition, the requirement would apply to all trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more. Groups supporting the petition are arguing that 2,500 truck accidents could be avoided every year. The groups responsible for the petition also cite research from the NHTSA, showing that automatic braking systems cost $270 to $290 per truck. Trucking companies have previously explored the option of using computers and other sensors to detect objects and avoid accidents. Presently, 50,000 of the largest trucks on the road are equipped with collision safety systems that use a front-mounted radar to sense potential accidents. However, 50,000 is a small fraction of vehicles,…
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