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Safety Researcher: Truck Technology Saves Lives

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in The US suggests that large trucks equipped with advanced safety technologies can prevent tens of thousands truck-related crashes each year.

AAA recommends that all large trucks get equipped with cost effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.

“There’s no question that truck safety technology saves lives,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for traffic safety. “This new research shows that the benefits of adding many of these technologies to trucks clearly outweigh the cost.”

Research found that:

  • Lane departure warning systems can prevent up to 6,372 crashes, 1,342 injuries and 115 deaths each year.
  • Video-based onboard safety monitoring systems can prevent as many as 63,000 crashes, 17,733 injuries and 293 deaths each year.
  • Automatic emergency braking can prevent up to 5,294 crashes, 2,753 injuries and 55 deaths each year.
  • Air disc brakes can prevent up to 2,411 crashes, 1,447 injuries and 37 deaths each year.

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