Drivers wishing for x-ray vision when attempting to overtake large trucks may now benefit from a technology that is just as effective. Samsung has developed a transparent Safety Truck equipped with cameras and weatherproof monitors working in tandem to provide trailing drivers to see around or through the leading semi-tractor trailer prior to making the decision on whether to overtake the truck. This could prevent many of the accidents that result when motorists drive to perform passing maneuvers on two lane highways and save countless lives in the process. It can also provide insight into the view that truck drivers have of the road and the distance vehicles should maintain ahead of a truck before moving into its lane.
Extensive Testing to Take Place in Argentina
Following the creation of a prototype last year, Samsung has received the go-ahead to expand its testing program. It will begin by testing numerous Safety Trucks over the next four months to determine whether they effectively reduce the number of accidents resulting from vehicles overtaking trucks. If the tests are successful, Samsung will begin making the Safety Truck available in markets across the world, including in the United States.
The Dangers of Passing
Regardless of how many lanes motorists have available, trucks can obstruct a driver’s vision and make it difficult to determine when it is safe to overtake a commercial vehicle. This is especially true on two lane highways where the driver must risk a head on collision or a devastating accident with a large and powerful truck any time he or she attempts a passing maneuver. Truck drivers often have trouble seeing the vehicles that are attempting to pass and may not be able to react in time when a vehicle moves back into their lane too soon ahead of the truck.
The Safety Truck technology could lead to additional technologies that would allow truck drivers to have expanded visibility of their surroundings as well. This will greatly reduce the chance of accidents that result when the truck driver collides with vehicles in his or her blind spots.
Liability in Trucking Accidents
Determining liability is the most important step toward recovering the financial compensation you are entitled to when you’ve been in a trucking accident. If you were attempting to overtake the truck at the time of your accident, you will need to provide proof that the driver failed to act in a reasonable manner to avoid a collision. For more information about the laws that may apply to your case, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC.
Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys have the experience and track record of success you need to ensure the greatest chance of a successful financial recovery. During your free consultation, we will gather the information we need to perform a detailed investigation and let you know more about your legal options and how we can help you. If we are unable to recover compensation on your behalf, you are assured that our services and time will be free of charge.