New vehicle owners in Arizona are no doubt familiar with advanced driver assistance systems. They should know that both passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers can reap their benefits. Of all the features on ADAS, the ones that stand out are forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The former warns drivers of an imminent crash while the latter applies the brakes if drivers don’t.
The benefits are clear enough. One Arkansas-based company saw a 50% reduction in rear-end collisions after installing AEB and FCW on 98% of its tractor-trailers. It also experienced shorter equipment downtime and was able to retain its drivers for longer because the features would mitigate any crashes that did occur. So, for example, an accident would lead to injuries when it would have been fatal without AEB.
Approximately 45% to 50% of heavy-duty trucks being sold today come with AEB, but this is because truck fleets are choosing to incorporate it. Most passenger vehicles, on the other hand, will have the technology by 2022.
Many are urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to consider the nationwide adoption of these features for trucks. So far, only stability control has been mandated; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made that decision back in 2017.
Naturally, ADAS cannot prevent crashes without the driver’s cooperation, as they do not make a vehicle self-driving. When truckers become distracted or drowsy, and when they cause truck accidents as a result, then those who are injured have the right to compensation. You want to file a claim and have that right protected, in which case you may want a lawyer by your side.
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