Have you ever thought of how expensive truck accidents are? The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put a cost on the big rig accidents. The NTHSA has instituted a program called electronic stability control, or ESC. This system will save 49 lives, prevent 1,759 accidents each year and save $300 million annually.
It is to be installed on all heavy trucks and buses. It is an amazing technological invention that has been installed on light trucks and cars and has proven its worth.
ESC works instantly and automatically to help your vehicle maintain directional control when the driver's steering and brakes are not used quickly enough to prevent an accident.
Making the ESC mandatory for all heavy vehicles is definitely a step in the right direction.
How many times have you been in traffic when a semi-truck comes barreling down the road to a red light and skids to a stop just before rear-ending another car?
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that this equipment be on all heavy-duty vehicles since 2011. Motor coaches have had to install this system since 2012 and it has proven quite successful.
Saving lives in a truck accident is what this is all about. Saving nearly 50 lives a year is such a huge accomplishment. And the number of accidents that it will prevent is significant. The roadways will be safer for all of us.
Unfortunately, not every truck accident can be avoided. No matter what technology is installed, some truckers are simply too tired and too distracted to drive safely.
Have you been in a truck accident? You may want to contact an attorney who has done his or her research and has experience with cases like this.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, " Transportation Sec. Foxx announces groundbreaking final rule on heavy-duty vehicle electronic stability control," Accessed June 26, 2015