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The Benefit Of Automatic Emergency Brakes to Prevent Truck Accidents

August 16, 2017

Truck Accident Attorneys in Atlanta Examine the Benefit of Automatic Emergency Braking Systems to Prevent Truck Accidents in Georgia

Automatic emergency braking is the newest autonomous feature which could significantly increase the safety of large trucks in the United States. Traffic accidents involving large trucks would be substantially decreased if automatic emergency braking was universally installed. The system continues to be tested and scrutinized by regulators, and, to this point, the results look promising. The proliferation of automatic emergency braking, or AEB, will not eliminate accidents involving large trucks, but roads would be safer. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our experienced Georgia truck accident lawyers use their vast experience, superior knowledge, and significant resources to increase the odds that our clients receive compensation for their large truck accidents in Georgia.

AEB is intended to assist drivers in avoiding a front facing crash. AEB is a series of sensors run by computer algorithms. The sensors detect when the large truck (defined as a truck weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds) is about to hit an object with the front of the truck. A computer system first signals the driver to apply the brakes, and if the driver fails to apply sufficient pressure to the brakes or fails to respond, then the AEB will take over and attempt to stop the truck.

AEB technology has been in use in one form or another since 2009. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is studying whether this technology must be used in all heavy trucks operating on the road. The NHTSA needs to study the effects, both positive and negative, of the technology as it exists now before passing regulations requiring the installation of AEB systems in all large or heavy trucks. Any regulations issued by the NHTSA would apply to only those vehicles that are currently subject to NHTSA regulation, so trucks weighing less than 10,000 pounds and farm equipment, for example, would be exempt from deploying this technology.

"Forward Collision Warning Alerts" and "Crash Imminent Braking" Technologies

The current AEB systems are made up of two complementary systems. The first is a driver alert system or "Forward Collision Warning" alert. The other system engages the brakes and is called "Crash Imminent Braking."  The two components work together to prevent a collision or minimize the damage caused by a crash with the front of the truck. The AEB forward collision alert system monitors the road in front of the truck. When a vehicle enters into the sensory area, the system begins to track the car. If the sensor determines that a crash could happen, then the warning system engages and the AEB engages the brakes when a crash becomes imminent. It is believed that this action could help avoid a crash altogether or mitigate the damage caused by the crash. Also, the slowing could assist the truck driver with making evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

The systems do have limitations, though. For example, the technology, at this stage, is ineffective to avert side-impact crashes or those caused by skidding. Consequently, the systems cannot avoid all accidents. Additionally, AEB cannot prevent or avoid frontal collisions with non-moving or non-vehicular objects such as walls, trees, guardrails and the like.  AEB is also ineffective in preventing or mitigating crashes occurring when the truck is traveling slower than fifteen miles per hour.

Regardless, AEB technology shows immense promise for safer roads in the near future. According to the NHTSA, AEB systems have the potential to reduce the number of large truck crashes from 342,000 on average annually to 11,499. This would be a remarkable improvement in highway safety.

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