In a crash between a big rig and a passenger car, the smaller vehicle usually sustains the worst damage and its occupants the worst injuries.
Agencies that follow crashes of this sort emphasize the benefits of new safety technology, but not all truck drivers are on board with the idea.
Safety is top priority
In its “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety” for 2019-2020, The National Transportation Safety Board or NTSB lists the elimination of distracted driving and the use of collision avoidance systems in large trucks as the top priority. However, many professional truck drivers feel that having new safety features can become a distraction.
In addition to a crash avoidance system, the newest safety technology for trucks over 10,000 pounds includes anti-lock brakes, active braking systems, collision warning systems, roll-over stability control, dash cameras and rear-view cameras and adaptive cruise control. The key to reducing driver reluctance about using such safety features is a comprehensive training, especially for drivers new to the profession.
A thorough investigation
A crash between a big rig and a passenger vehicle requires a thorough investigation into the cause. An advocate working on behalf of the victim may find that multiple parties should share the blame. For example, perhaps the truck driver was negligent due to distraction, but the trucking company may also bear responsibility for the crash because of overloaded cargo. The company in charge of maintaining the truck could also bear liability if worn or defective components contributed to the accident. Although this type of personal injury case may take more time to settle, the goal is insurance company approval for maximum compensation to help the victim with medical costs, loss of income and more.