Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Samsung Technology May Prevent Truck AccidentsApril 18, 2016
Whether you are on a two-lane road or a busy highway, it can be frustrating driving behind a truck, as it can be difficult to see whether it is safe to pass or if there is traffic ahead. Samsung has developed a new technology that enables drivers to see what the truck driver sees. The “safety truck” has a wireless camera mounted on the grill that streams live video to four large screens on the back of the truck.
Samsung tested the prototype in Argentina, which has some of the highest traffic accident rates in the world. According to Samsung, the prototype is no longer operational, but the concept has the potential to save lives. Samsung is currently working with safe-driving NGOs and the Argentinian government to conduct further testing and seek the appropriate approvals and permits.
While Samsung is confident that their “safety truck” will prevent serious truck accidents, others feel that it is just another distraction that will take driver’s attention away from the road. Some question whether this is the best technology in which to make such a financial investment, considering the trend towards self-driving cars.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Regardless of whether technology like Samsung’s “safety truck” ever becomes available, it is important to be aware of the factors that lead to truck accidents so that efforts can be made to prevent these types of wrecks from happening. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – conducted a study called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, which addressed these factors. The study revealed the top causes of truck accidents:
- Speeding or driving too fast for current conditions
- Distracted driving, including texting or talking on hand held devices
- Driving while drowsy, or falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Systems or brake failures
- Uneven or loose roads
- Tire problems that include poor tread, uneven tire pressure or blowouts
- Poor weather conditions including slick or icy roads
- Roads that have not been well maintained
- Construction areas
- Heavy traffic
Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Victims of Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with medical expenses, lost wages and any pain and suffering you may have experienced from the ordeal. Call our Maryland truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) for a free consultation, or you can contact us online where a team member is available to take your call 24 hours a day.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent injured truck accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.