Samsung’s “See-Through” Truck Could Prevent Semi Truck Accidents
Almost every driver has experienced being stuck behind a semi truck on a two lane road. This experience is frustrating and can be risky as you cannot see around the truck in order to safely pass it. Now, the technology company, Samsung, is attempting to assist drivers in passing large trucks safely with its new "see-through" truck.
Samsung's trucks are not actually transparent, despite their name. Instead, these trucks come equipped with a wireless camera on the front of the truck that displays video to the large screens mounted on the rear of the truck. Drivers behind the truck can thus view the road in front of the truck. They will be able to determine whether it is safe to pass the truck and what traffic is approaching from the other direction. They will also know if a slowdown is coming and have time to react appropriately.
Truck Accidents are on the Rise
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that each year over 338,000 truck crashes occur. Close to 4,000 of these accidents are fatal and another 73,000 cause serious injuries. Statistics show that the occupants of the car are far more likely to be injured in the event of a truck crash than the driver of the truck. About 52,000 motor vehicle drivers are injured in truck accidents, while just 7,000 truck drivers are injured. The physics of the accident explain this disparity in those who are injured. Large trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, whereas the average car weighs just 3,500 points. When these two vehicles collide, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are at a serious disadvantage.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Most truck drivers are law-abiding and operate their vehicles safely. However, truck accidents have many causes and truck driver negligence is one of the most prominent causes of these crashes. In fact, distraction or carelessness is a leading cause of truck accidents, with carelessness including speeding, failing to yield, improper turns, tailgating and much more. Illegal drug and alcohol use cause many more car accidents, as truck drivers struggle to stay awake long hours on the road.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, consult with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assist in investigations, aiming to uncover all evidence of negligence leading to the crash. Your attorney will fight to see that you recover for your losses associated with the accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Act as soon as possible after the accident to protect your legal rights.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Zealous Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting injured truck accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 35 years of experience to your truck accident case, providing you with dedicated and compassionate legal representation. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.