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Could Samsung’s “Transparent Safety Truck” Improve Safety on the Road?

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin truck accident lawyerAfter months of experimentation, Samsung is officially releasing its transparent “safety truck” for safety and efficacy testing in Argentina. Designed to allow drivers to see what is in front of the commercial vehicle, it gives kind of a “see through” effect to help drivers determine if it is safe to pass around. But could this technology really improve safety on the road by reducing the frequency of truck-related accidents?

About the Technology

Revealed to the public in the summer of 2015, and demonstrated at the La Plata racetrack in Buenos Aires February 2016, the technology uses two front-facing cameras that emit a live-feed onto four large panels on the back of the truck to supply one large, constant display of what is in front of the truck. It is designed to be dust-proof and waterproof, and is meant to provide a crisp, clear image in both strong sunlight, and at night.

Where the Technology Is Most Beneficial

In Argentina, where the technology is currently being tested, one person dies in a major traffic accident almost every hour. Nearly 80 percent of those accidents involve an attempt to pass around another vehicle on a two-lane road. Commercial trucks create the greatest risk, since it can be extremely difficult to see past or around them. Because these same type of roads exist in most parts of the United States, the trucks have the potential to increase road safety in America as well. This is particularly true for rural areas, where two-lane roads can be extremely common. It should be noted, however, that the benefits are limited on interstate highways, and common safety practices will still need to be utilized when driving in front of, around, or behind a semi-truck.

Potential Drawbacks of the Technology

Like all developing technology, there are some potential drawbacks to the Samsung “Safety Truck,” namely concerning the availability and cost of implementing the technology. Even if made available to the entire industry, unless regulations are put into place, the technology may not be widespread enough to make a significant difference in road safety. Unfortunately, many trucking agencies, companies, and advocacy groups have fought back against increased regulations, citing cost issues for matters such as raising the minimum insurance liability coverage for commercial trucks.

Are You Entitled to Compensation from a Truck Accident?

Until the technology is available and mandated, commercial truck accidents can and will continue to happen. Anyone injured or killed in such an accident may be due compensation, but they are both complex and time sensitive in nature. Moreover, there are a number of factors that determine if, when, and how much compensation a victim or their family may be due. As such, immediate and experienced representation should be obtained by victims and/or their families. The skilled and experienced attorneys of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP have been serving victims in the area for more than 40 years.

We understand the emotional, financial, and physical devastation that semi-truck accidents can cause, which is why we work swiftly and aggressively pursue winning and fair compensation for your loss. Schedule your consultation with our Milwaukee truck accident attorneys by calling our offices at 414-271-1440 today.



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