Could legislation reduce truck accidents?

| Jun 10, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The trucking industry provides support for commerce, but the significant presence of trucks on Illinois roads places them at risk for collisions with other vehicles. In May, the U.S. House of Representatives decided to ponder greater safety laws for trucks. Whether new legislation goes into effect or not, drivers must be aware of the dangers that semi-trucks may present.

Laws and truck collision concerns

Legislation drafted in the House of Representatives intends to require trucks to come with automated braking and lane change warnings. Such advanced technology could reduce accidents since it lends help to drivers. Imagine a truck driver suffering from fatigue and being unable to stay within a lane. If a lane change warning signal goes off, the driver may then regain control of the truck.

Concerns over fatal accidents are moving lawmakers to tackle regulatory actions regarding trucks. However, passing laws would not eliminate a driver’s negligent behavior. After all, the law stipulates truck drivers cannot tailgate or speed, yet some drivers do. Fatal accidents may result from a driver’s negligent behavior even when the driver knows that what he or she is doing presents risks.

Negligence causes many accidents

Some truck accidents and car accidents occur due to negligence. The above example of a lane change warning may do little if someone passes out at the wheel due to being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Still, it could be beneficial to have better safety laws in effect.

Distracted, fatigued and intoxicated driving will always reflect potential driving dangers. The same logic applies to poorly maintained vehicles, such as trucks with bad brakes or broken lights. Ultimately, drivers who take a careless approach to safety put themselves and others at a risk for an accident.

An attorney may assist clients with filing a personal injury or wrongful death suit against a negligent driver. The attorney may also help clients with insurance claim negotiations if necessary.