Being rear-ended by a tractor-trailer can produce catastrophic injuries. Truckers must remain as safe as possible as they drive because of this.
Some people might not realize that a tractor-trailer’s many safety features might prevent these rear-end crashes from occurring.
Tractor-trailers manufactured now are likely to have automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning systems. These systems can collectively eliminate nearly half of the rear-end crashes that could occur between these large trucks and passenger vehicles.
How do these systems help improve safety?
A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study captured how that there’s a 40% reduction in rear-end tractor-trailer accidents when a rig features both of the systems referenced above. That same data shows that these systems reduce the severity of crashes in instances in which rear-end crashes do occur.
While automatic systems referenced above aren’t replacing safe driving measures, they contribute to our roadways’ enhanced safety. Tractor-trailers are much larger and heavier than passenger cars, so crashes that pit them against small vehicles often result in the occupants’ significant injuries.
It isn’t likely that truckers will have older rigs outfitted with those safety features, but overall safety on the road should improve as fleet companies replace their older trucks with newer ones with the features. This will benefit everyone who shares the road with tractor-trailers.
Anyone rear-ended by a big rig that suffers an injury should seek medical care. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to offset the financial impact of the crash. Accident victims must proceed quickly to comply with time limits built into state laws.