Can technological advancements reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities for truck drivers? How is the trucking industry adopting new technologies that can alleviate the risk for fleet vehicle drivers, other motorists, and pedestrians? From self-driving trucks to advanced cameras, intuitive GPS systems, and more, technology is advancing at a rapid clip. This may create an opportunity for the trucking industry to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities caused by large trucks each year. Regardless of advances the Uber technology did not see a pedestrian in its path and the Uber driver that was not paying attention and looking down killed the woman in New Mexico in 2018.
Trucking is one of the deadliest professions in the United States. In 2016, 918 truck drivers and driver sales operators died on the job. This is a considerable increase over the 761 truck drivers who died in 2014 and represents an industry trend that shows fatality rates are climbing upwards. Of the total number of 5,190 fatal workplace injuries in the United States in 2016, truck drivers accounted for 17%. By comparison, the total number of fatal workplace accidents involving construction workers was 991, and 260 farmers died following a workplace accident.
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study showed that human error is responsible for up to 88% of accidents involving large trucks. This is one of the reasons driving the development of autonomous commercial motor vehicles. While this may alleviate the risk to truck drivers, motorists, and pedestrians, it will not eliminate it altogether. This will usher in a new era of liability for truck injury compensation, focused less on driver error and more on product liability and equipment design.
Another technology that will help reduce the risk of large truck accidents is dynamic routing systems. These systems compute traffic patterns, weather, transportation time, and many other factors to route a vehicle in the safest, most efficient path to its destination. Similarly, fleet operators increasingly utilize telematics to evaluate the performance and safety records of their drivers. Data gathered by computers on board the truck is assessed to determine whether a driver is operating the vehicle within safe handling limits, posted speed limits, etc. Over time, it is quite possible that the incorporation of these technologies and the way fleet operators utilize data may reduce the risk of accidents and injuries caused by large truck accidents.
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