Should auto emergency braking systems be required for big rigs?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

In Louisiana and states across the nation, automatic emergency braking systems help save thousands of lives on the roadways. Automatic emergency braking, or AEB, technology has proven in recent studies that it can reduce motor vehicle accidents. Many people agree that AEB systems installed on all big rigs increase the safety of their loved ones.

Truck accidents claim or maim lives

AEB technology has proven to reduce rear-end collision by over 70%, unsafe following distances by over 60% and improper lane-changing by nearly 50%. If you’ve driven on a highway and have seen a big rig suddenly change lanes, it’s not hard to imagine the injuries and damages if an accident resulted.

Why automatic emergency braking systems should be required of all big rigs

Other reasons that cause truck accidents further reinforce the need for AEB technology. When these systems activate, the rig can be brought safely to a halt and prevent additional costs from collisions and lost inventory. Here are three conditions that can occur without warning but have the damage lessened with AEB installed:

  • Sudden medical emergency: The sensing technology can alert emergency services if the driver suddenly seems not alert and not responsive.
  • Hazardous weather conditions: AEB can alert the driver of oncoming vehicles, and lane assist allows the driver to pull over safely until conditions improve.
  • Vehicle failure: If the driver has a sudden blowout or other trouble, AEB can blink lights or blow the horn to alert other drivers that there is a problem, so the other drivers can move safely out of the way.

If you have been a truck accident victim, you can appreciate the strong support for making AEB mandatory on trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more. Some opponents of changing the law cite the high costs for installing these systems on every big rig, but others argue that the cost is worth saving lives.