Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers welcome the news that federal regulators are considering making stability control systems mandatory on large trucks (over 10,000 lbs.). Although commercial trucks are widely regarded as the most dangerous vehicles on the road, they lag behind passenger vehicles in stability control technology. Stability technology reduces the risk of tractor-trailer rollover accidents by applying the brakes individually when a vehicle is in danger of rolling over because of over-steering in response to a road hazard. While stability control systems are required for passenger vehicles, they are currently not required for commercial vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that as many as 3,500 rollover accidents per year could be prevented by implementing such technology. Trucking rollover accidents are most commonly caused by the shift of a commercial truck’s cargo, especially tanker truck rollovers. The shift in the weight distribution of the load causes the commercial truck to rollover.
This stability control technology would involve sensors that could detect a shift in the load on a commercial truck. The sensors would send a signal to the tractor-trailer’s computer that would apply the brakes to one or more of the truck’s wheels to adjust for the imbalance. This stability control technology can be particularly effective at preventing trucking accident rollovers involving tanker trucks, because liquid loads shift weight easily. A rollover crash involving a tanker truck poses even more serious dangers because these trucks often transport toxic, flammable, explosive or radioactive materials. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that commercial vehicles be retrofitted with this technology and that the technology be installed on new commercial trucks. If you are injured in an Atlanta trucking accident, Montlick and Associates has Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers ready to discuss and evaluate your right to make a claim for your injuries and loss. Call us today at 1-800-LAW-NEED for your free consultation. Since 1984 we have been fighting hard to protect our clients’ rights and to get them the compensation they deserve.