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TSC Recommends NHTSA mandate AEB on all large trucks

Published in truck accident on September 3, 2019.

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology in all large commercial trucks, but so far, NHTSA has failed to rule on the matter. Truck accidents account for many of the most horrific accidents on our roadways. While AEB safety technology is readily available, commercial trucks aren’t required to have this life-saving equipment installed. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a truck accident, consult with a knowledgeable Macon truck accident attorney today.

Safety Technologies and Statistics

TSC shares that semis equipped with collision avoidance systems like AEB are far less likely to be involved in potentially deadly accidents. These statistics include:

  • Commercial trucks equipped with this safety technology are 71 percent less likely to be involved in rear-end collisions.
  • Commercial trucks equipped with this safety technology are 63 percent less likely to follow other vehicles too closely (and thus dangerously).
  • Commercial trucks equipped with this safety technology are 46 percent less likely to engage in improper lane changes

While NHTSA’s safety mandates fail to keep up, more and more innocent victims fall prey to deadly 18-wheeler accidents. 

TSC’s Recommendations

The Truck Safety Coalition forwarded its recommendation for mandated AEB technology in all large commercial trucks to NHTSA in February of 2015, but NHTSA has not yet ruled on the matter. TSC forwards several important statistics in support of its important recommendation:

  • Every year, truck crashes kill 4,000 people 
  • Every year, truck crashes injure 10,000 people

TSC maintains that for every year that NHTSA delays its ruling, truck accidents and resultant injuries that could have been prevented continue to happen. In fact, NHTSA estimates that current AEB technology could help prevent over 2,500 truck accidents a year and that future generations of this safety technology could prevent far more. 

A Call to Safety

TSC calls on Congress to immediately mandate that AEB technology be required in all large commercial trucks. The Coalition’s sole motivation is the safety of everyone who travels our highways. They make this recommendation in an effort to help save lives and keep families whole, to help prevent dangerous injuries, and to help reduce the expense associated with truck accidents. NHTSA has the ability to rule on this important issue, and TSC requests that they do so sooner rather than later. 

If You’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident, You Need an Experienced Macon Truck Accident Attorney  

Truck accidents are violent, terrifying accidents that cause untold physical, emotional, and financial damages. If a negligent trucker leaves you or someone you love injured – or worse – the experienced legal team at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon, Georgia, is committed to helping you recover fully on your damages. Our knowledgeable truck accident lawyers have the skill, compassion, and dedication to help you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at (478) 746-1468 today.