Truck accidents increased significantly in the United States in 2010-2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Specifically, truck accidents increased by 20% in this one-year period. There are many reasons why the number of accidents may have increased. It has been suggested, for example, that there were more trucks on the road as the economy improved, that speed limits were increased, and that severe winter weather may have played a role in the increased accidents. The causes of the accidents are important to understand so that future crashes can be avoided. However, technology may provide a way to avoid serious truck wrecks on I -70 and elsewhere regardless of the potential causes of the crashes if the technology is implemented.
How Technology Can Help Prevent Truck Wrecks on I-70 in Kansas and Missouri
New advanced technologies may be able to help truckers avoid serious crashes. For example, Volvo has technology to:
- Allow a truck to start braking without a trucker stepping on the brakes if the truck senses a vehicle ahead.
- Sound an alarm if the truck is likely to rear-end another vehicle within 1.5 seconds.
Other technologies from other manufacturers may also exist.
The Important Limitation on Technology
While technology can’t prevent all accidents, it might be able to prevent many crashes if it weren’t for one important limitation. That limitation is that the technology is not mandated for all trucks. Instead, each individual trucking company can decide whether or not to spend the money on the technology. According to a recent ABC News report, advanced collision avoidance technology is used in fewer than 10% of registered trucks.
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