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When regulations and safety features can’t stop truck accidents

Commercial transportation and trucking are massive, vital industries that keep businesses – and the economy – running. However, between truck driver shortages and persistently high demand, the industry is suffering from a number of failures when it comes to operating safely.

For instance, commercial trucking accidents continue to occur at an alarmingly high rate, despite the numerous regulations in place and advanced technological tools designed to prevent them. Why aren’t these measures stopping accidents?

Human error

A primary reason these safety measures cannot stop crashes is human error. It is up to individuals to comply with safety regulations. Truck company owners must oversee their drivers to ensure they are appropriately trained and compliant with safety procedures. Truckers must operate their rigs safely. Loaders must handle and secure cargo properly.

At any point, an individual can make a mistake or break with protocol, resulting in dangerous conditions that often lead to a crash.

Whether an individual’s misstep is accidental or intentional, it can result in a tragic accident.

Over-reliance on tech

Yes, the trucking industry is more advanced than ever before, from automatic braking systems to electronic logbooks and speed limiters. These tools are designed to prevent accidents even when a driver cannot do so.

However, drivers can become complacent when they believe high tech will take care of things. Maybe they drive longer than they should or rely on auto-driving features so they can zone out. Drivers might even make unnecessarily risky maneuvers because they expect their systems will adapt and correct when necessary.

Failure to utilize tech

At the other end of the spectrum are people who don’t utilize available safety technology often enough or at all. While there are some features commercial trucks must have to be compliant with state and federal regulations, many truck system technologies remain optional.

Thus, countless trucks are without the cameras, logging devices and automated features that can prevent crashes.

Trucks are indeed safer than they have ever been, and several regulations dictate safe practices in the trucking industry. Unfortunately, these measures are not enough to prevent every accident, and they will continue to happen. If they do, victims can talk to an attorney about the legal remedies available to them.

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