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Our Roads May Be Safer With Self-Driving Trucks

As technology continues to improve, and we see more advances in fusing computers and automobiles together, many people have heard about how the self-driving car will be available in a few years to the general consumer. But while many drivers are still debating whether they want to hand over driving duties to the car itself, there’s one industry that is going full speed ahead with this technology for a variety of reasons, and that is the trucking industry. And for other drivers on the road, this may mean more safety, accuracy and precision on the road.

A Moving Hazard

In terms of sheer physical damage, a truck is always the “winner” in any road accident. Trucks are bigger and heavier than any other vehicle on the road, and this means that in a collision, smaller, lighter vehicles like cars and motorcycles will receive the most damage. When you account for human errors, such as falling asleep at the wheel, distracted driving like checking or sending messages, or even drunk driving, the possibilities for tragic incidents start climbing.

Always Vigilant

A self-driving truck is very different from a human driver in a number of ways. First and foremost, self-driving trucks are programmed to always obey traffic law, meaning that no self-driving truck will attempt to recklessly overtake others on the highway, nor obstruct others from doing so, simply because of “road rage.” Self-driving trucks don’t experience road rage.

Secondly, and perhaps most important, self-driving trucks exercise a combination of constant vigilance and no blind spots. Self-driving technology currently uses a mixture of video cameras, radar, and even laser-based radar to cover all the areas surrounding a vehicle, and these spots are constantly being monitored. This isn’t like a truck driver who is only at top alertness during the start of a work day, and only aware of the road situation wherever he or she happens to be looking. A self-driving truck knows where all vehicles are around it, at all times.

A Complete Record

Because a self-driving truck constantly monitors the area around it, as well as constantly updates its owners on its location via GPS systems, there is never any doubt about what happens in an accident. Unlike a human driver, who must attempt to reconstruct whatever he or she experienced from the driver’s seat, a self-driving truck’s “black box” has complete data based on whichever devices it uses for navigation.

In other words, in the event of an accident, a self-driving truck can quickly determine who was at fault, thanks to a wealth of data, such as radar and laser-based detection systems, cameras, and other devices that pin point who collided into whom first, and what sequence of events led to the problem. In some instances, even if the truck itself was merely in the vicinity of an accident, but not involved in anyway, it may still contain useful data to the parties involved to determine actual fault.

This is great news, as a personal injury case involving trucks can be very complex. A truck accident lawyer will need to affix proper fault to any number of parties, from the driver, to the truck company, to perhaps even the manufacturer of the trailer. More accurate information about an accident leads to a quicker resolution of the case.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Our Roads May Be Safer With Self-Driving Trucks

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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