Cost of saving lives versus cost of advanced safety options

The highways and interstates are meant for all drivers to use; however, some truckers think they own these roads and drive in an unsafe manner that puts others in danger. There are many ways that semitrucks can be made safer. The issue is that the trucking industry sometimes pushes back against these claiming that they are cost-prohibitive or that they put undue stress on the truckers and trucking companies. The question that comes up in these cases is "what price will these companies put on safety?" because, in the end, lives can be lost when safety standards are too lax.

Some advanced safety options on these rigs could make a big difference in what happens during a haul. For example, blind-spot warnings could let truckers know when someone is traveling in the very large "no zones" of these trucks. Lane departure warnings could also increase the safety since truckers likely wouldn't drift into a vehicle on the side of them.

A loaded big rig with a trailer can easily weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Even in a scenario that wouldn't lead to catastrophic injuries with a personal vehicle, a semitruck can cause fatalities. This is why it is imperative for truckers to pay close attention to what they are doing and to use all available tools to remain safe.

People who are injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer might choose to seek compensation for the injury. This can minimize the financial damage they have to deal with because of the wreck. It might include claims for missed wages, medical bills and similar expenses.

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