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The Use of Technology to Reduce Trucking Accidents in New York
Statistics reveal that there was a 17% increase in fatal truck-related crashes from 2009 to 2013 in the United States. Is this the reason that the drive to create autonomous vehicles is so breathtaking and intense? Possibly! But this is another topic.
Deaths due to fatal truck accidents have increased 4 years in a row. According to the latest data available, in 2013, there were 3,964 fatalities caused by truck-involved crashes in the US.
These crashes did not kill not just car drivers, but also about 586 people who were either truck drivers or passengers – this was in 2013 alone. According to the CDC, the cost of truck and bus crashes to the economy is estimated to be $99 billion a year.
How New York Bus Companies are Using Technology
In recent years, trucking companies in New York, as well as other parts of the country, have been using technology to lower costs of such things like out-of-pocket litigation expenses and insurance coverage. Cameras are installed in the cabs of big rigs which can be of immense value to companies – they help in keeping drivers honest and also evaluating the cause of an accident quickly after it occurs.
Electronic systems are also popular as they allow the trucking company and inspectors to view various electronic logs, such as trip reports and the number of hours the driver has driven in the last 24 hours and the entire week. Larger trucking companies are learning that investing in technology not only helps in improving safety regulation compliance, but also reduces costs significantly once it is fully implemented.
Truck Manufacturers and Technology
Companies that manufacture trucks have also joined the tech bandwagon, incorporating things like sensors that can detect anything from low tires to lane departure warnings to lower the chances of a truck accident. Rear cameras as well as rear-backing sensors also help in reducing a large number of backing accidents.
While technological options like these are not inexpensive, trucking companies are learning that there are many costs that come with a preventable accident, including tangibles that multiply over time.
It is no surprise that larger trucking companies are one of the first to embrace the use of technology to prevent crashes. They are faced with a shortage of drivers and they understand that inexperienced drivers are more likely to get into an accident than a driver with more experience. Trucking companies understand that using technology to monitor the safety of drivers and compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations makes good sense in their business.
Get Legal Help for Truck Accidents in New York
If you or a loved one in New York has been injured in a truck accident, you should immediately seek the help of the skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
You need to give RMFW Law a call today! We know how to win these types of cases. We win them all the time, this is our bread and butter. You pay us nothing up front. We are only paid when you are paid and we will keep you informed every step of the way. There is mounting pressure on you right now, we know this, let us put much of that pressure on the party that caused this pain and frustration in the first place.
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