Developments in truck safety — such as automatic braking and lane departure warning
systems — can prevent up to 63,000 truck crashes per year. The AAA Foundation for
Traffic Safety now recommends that all large trucks, both existing and new, get
equipped with four (4) types of safety technologies to dramatically reduce truck
crashes and resulting injuries in death.
The report is entitled “Leverage Large: Technology and Engineering to Realize Safety
Gains”. The report recommends: in-cab video cameras and sensors to monitor a
truck driver’s behavior and performance; automatic emergency braking; air disc
brakes; and lane departure warning systems.
The safety report concludes the benefit of equipping new and existing trucks, “far
outweighs the cost” when the reduction in truck crashes is factored. Here are the
A. Lane departure warning systems can prevent up to 6,372 crashes, 1,342
injuries, and 115 trucking related deaths each year;
B. Video based on board safety monitoring systems can prevent as many as
63,000 truck crashes, 17,733 injuries, and 293 trucking related deaths
C. Automatic emergency braking can prevent up to 5,294 truck crashes,
2,753 truck injuries, and 55 truck related deaths each year; and
D. Air disc brakes can prevent up to 2,411 truck crashes, 1,447 truck
injuries, and 37 trucking deaths each year.
Similarly, a 2011 study commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration previously concluded that the benefits of lane departure warning
systems outweigh their costs.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit charitable research and
educational organization. AAA was established in 1947 to promote traffic safety and
reduce collisions, injuries, and deaths related to collisions.