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Did safety system contribute to trucking accident?


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 31, 2013 in Truck Accidents

As the technology in our motor vehicles continues to improve, many people think that safety will also continue to get better. However, this is not necessarily true. Besides the distraction that can come with accessing sophisticated technology while driving, many people and companies in Connecticut rely too heavily on the systems to keep them safe. If and when they fail, it can be too late for drivers to react and avoid a crash.

This may very well be the case with some trucking systems that are meant to prevent accidents. On such braking system is installed in many tractor trailers and is intended to help truckers avoid crashes. But some drivers believe that system failures are contributing to a number of truck accidents

The system is called OnGuard and uses radar sensing technology to detect potential hazards and points of collision around a truck. If an obstacle, such as another vehicle, is detected, a warning beep is supposed to sound and then the brakes are engaged. It is one way that accidents can be prevented when a trucker is distracted or fatigued behind the wheel and fails to react in time to avoid a crash.

But a recent accident in another state highlights the dangers that can happen when the system fails to operate properly. A trucker and his wife were in their tractor trailer and approaching a curve in the road. They believe that the OnGuard misinterpreted the guardrail on the road as a vehicle and engaged the brakes suddenly and without warning. The truck crashed and hung off the highway.

Luckily, no one was seriously injured in this case. Victims of similar accidents tied to mechanical failures in trucks often suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of being hit by an enormous and heavy tractor trailer. It is important for victims to remember that crashes like these can often be tied to negligent operation or failed systems and maintenance. If this is the case, the trucker, manufacturer or truck owner may held responsible for the resulting physical, emotional and financial damage. Victims may want to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer to discuss their legal options.

Source: CBS Denver, "Driver Blames Beer Truck Accident On Safety System," July 30, 2013