Wilmington Truck Accidents Can Be Prevented With Safety Technology
Truck accidents have been an ongoing public safety hazard for many years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 25% of all workplace fatalities in America in 2015 occurred in the trucking industry. Of course, truck accidents do not only injure truck drivers. Innocent victims are killed every day on the roads of America due to the negligence of truck drivers. Now, new and improving safety technologies hold the potential to prevents thousands of truck accidents every year. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact an experienced Wilmington truck accident attorney as soon as possible. It is important to hold negligent truck drivers accountable for their dangerous behaviors so that other innocent victims are not injured on the road.
How New Technology Can Save Lives
As safety technologies are developed, improved, and made prevalent in new vehicles, research has focused on how effective these new systems are at preventing accidents and injuries. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted an investigation into four such technologies. The researchers concluded that just one of these systems (onboard video based safety monitoring) could prevent up to 63,300 crashes per year. This equates to nearly eighteen thousand injuries and nearly three hundred deaths. All other systems investigated were also found to prevent accidents and save lives. These systems include: lane departure warning systems; automatic emergency braking; and air disc brakes.
How Negligent Truck Drivers or Trucking Companies Can Be Legally Obligated to Compensate Injury Victims
Like every other state, North Carolina has enacted statutes to require safe driving behaviors. For example: all drivers are prohibited from operating a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent for present conditions (N.C. General Statutes §20-141). A driver who fails to do so and causes an accident, can be deemed legally responsible for crash. This means the driver will be legally obligated to compensate injury victims for all financial losses they sustain as a result of the accident. Because most people don't have that kind of money or assets, states require auto insurance.
Employers are also liable for negligence committed by employees in the scope of their employment. This means that a transportation company can be liable for compensating truck accident injury victims for their losses. Commercial truck drivers are almost always within the scope of their employment while driving- and negligent driving will incur liability to the transportation companies which employ them. Because of this, commercial transportation companies have federal mandates for the amount of insurance coverage they must carry. This amount is significantly higher than the individual mandates required under state law. Currently, the North Carolina Department of Insurance reports minimum coverage is $30,000 for bodily injury coverage per injured person; $60,000 total for bodily injury coverage; and $25,000 for property damage coverage per accident. While commercial truck accident coverage minimums are much higher, trucks also cause significantly more bodily injury to accident victims.
Car accident victims have the legal right to seek damages for their injuries and financial losses inflicted by careless truckers and motor carriers. An experienced Wilmington truck accident attorney will fight for fair compensation to cover all losses that you have sustained.