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Video system aims to reduce truck accidents

Drivers in Pennsylvania may be particularly concerned about the catastrophic danger of big rig accidents. There are a number of issues that can lead to commercial truck crashes, including excessive driving and the resulting truck driver fatigue. In response to the threat posed by fatigued or distracted drivers, some companies have attempted to develop technological solutions that monitor safety issues and could help to avoid accidents.

One trucking company uses an advanced video system in its 600 vehicles in an attempt to cut down on trucking accidents. The system differs from other video monitoring technologies in several ways. For example, it focuses on praising positive driving behavior as well as warning against dangerous behaviors. The system offers high-quality video with multiple cameras facing left, right, forward and toward the driver. If there is an incident, the high-resolution video allows for the minute examination of details.

The trucking company reported that the use of the system was correlated with a 60 percent decrease in stop sign incidents such as rolling or incomplete stops. While drivers initially had more negative reactions to the idea of being filmed on video, the company turned off the inward-facing cameras, focusing instead on roadway behavior. As a result, drivers became more enthusiastic and even competitive about the system's potential to monitor both negative and positive events.

While many are working to find advanced solutions to reduce the risk of truck accidents, such incidents continue to be severely damaging to victims. A victim may experience lifelong disabilities as a result of a truck crash. Someone who has been injured due to a negligent, dangerous or distracted driver can work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their current and future medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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