Could New Technology Be the Answer to Proving Fault in Truck Accidents?
When it comes to accidents with semi-trucks, there’s no such thing as a minor accident. Semis can be 20 times the size of a car and weigh 20 times as much as them. As a result, a driver or passenger in a car has a serious risk of catastrophic injury. One of the challenges for those in a truck accident, or their survivors, who are trying to bring a personal injury claim is to prove who was at fault. The good news is that new technology may make it easier.
SmartDrive cameras have the capacity to change the way cases are won
SmartDrive cameras, which are being used in some but not all trucks, record backwards to show exactly what the driver in the cab was doing, and they point forward to show the accident itself. This is more helpful than cameras that only point forward to record the accident. While that is helpful, it often leaves more questions than it answers.
For example, if a truck accident occurs and it’s not clear from the front-facing camera who was at fault, the one that faces the driver could show if they fell asleep, if they were texting, or if they were fiddling with their radio. It can also show if there was another issue that caused the crash.
Truck drivers are embracing this technology
You may think that truck drivers would be wary of this new technology but many of them are actually embracing it. They’re looking at is as way to prove that they weren’t at fault during an accident. Of course, it also helps drivers of cars as well. It will be infinitely easier to decide who was at fault if the actions of the driver and the accident itself can be reviewed.
The presence of these cameras could save lives
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we’re looking at these cameras as another tool during litigation, but we also appreciate that they could actually prevent accidents. After all, if a truck driver currently checks their phone ever few minutes, or texts while they’re driving, they may think twice about these behaviors after the cameras are installed. Many studies have shown that people’s behavior is often changed simply by knowing they’re being observed.
Have you been injured in a truck accident?
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, or have lost a loved one in an accident, then you may have a personal injury case. While video evidence of the crash can be helpful, it’s certainly not necessary to move forward with a case. Call us today at 909-982-0707 to learn more about your options and to get a free legal evaluation.