As a Chicago truck accident lawyer, I have seen more than my fair share of how devastating an accident involving a big rig can be.
When big commercial trucks rear end ordinary vehicles, it’s often bad news for those inside the passenger vehicle. I have represented individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of being in a trucking accident. I have represented the families of those who suffered a wrongful death as a result of a truck accident.
The importance of the trucking industry is clear just by being able to see. Look at any road, whether in the city, the suburbs or the country and you will see big trucks, and plenty of them. The trucking business is vital for our economy. However, when someone is rear ended by a truck at even a moderate speed, let’s say 30-40 MPH, the result is often fairly tragic.
Volvo, a brand which is well known for safety, fairly recently introduced a brake system which is designed to prevent a big truck from striking a slow moving or stopped vehicle from behind. I’ve seen some video of how the brake system works and it’s rather impressive. It uses radar to detect slowing or stopped vehicles ahead and then lets the driver know via a blinking red light, followed by a beeping sound. If the light and sound does not work, the braking system works on its own to bring the truck to a complete stop if necessary. It works in trucks moving at up to around 40 MPH.
While clearly this system will not wipe out truck accidents completely, hopefully it will prevent some and make others not so catastrophic. I applaud Volvo for its efforts in trucking safety. I hope Volvo will share this system with other big truck manufacturers. I further hope that Volvo will continue in its efforts to increase trucking safety.