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Can New Camera Technology Reduce Mississippi’s Truck Accident Rate?

There are a lot of varied reasons why truck accidents happen. Anything that can reduce the results of a big rig crash must be applauded if it really makes a difference. New technology won’t solve all problems, but it can certainly address some of them. The most recent innovation that is being trialed by a number of trucking companies is the use of cameras that are mounted on the sides of trucks to monitor what is around the back and sides of a truck at any given time. The cameras function in a similar way to the cameras that have already been installed on many new cars that allow the driver to have a better view of what is behind their vehicle when reversing. Specifically, the cameras being trialed help truck drivers when turning, reversing and parking, maneuvers that can all lead to accidents if visibility is reduced when using conventional side mirrors. The cameras have been given the thumbs up from those truck drivers who have been involved in trials by two truck fleets, Schneider and Maverick Transportation. Drivers report that the Mirroreye technology provides a much improved performance in bad weather and at night as well as in normal daytime conditions. Some of the problems associated with the use of ordinary truck side mirrors is that they do not provide all round views of what is around the back of the truck, making turning and reversing potentially dangerous as well as maneuvers such as passing smaller vehicles. Side mirrors are also prone to fogging in cold, damp weather and are often useless in heavy rain or snow....
Hazardous Truck Accidents Potentially the Worst on Mississippi Roads

Hazardous Truck Accidents Potentially the Worst on Mississippi Roads

  If you pass a truck accident on a stretch of highway, or more likely, find you are stuck in a queue of blocked traffic because of yet another truck accident, you probably don’t even think what the truck was carrying. Some of the worst potential accidents are caused by trucks carrying hazardous materials. The danger of one of these truck accidents rolling over or bursting into flames could happen and affect other road users. The product being carried could potentially cause far more damage to buildings and to people near the scene of the accident. Hazardous truck accident examples in Mississippi A typical hazardous truck accident happened the other day on US 49 in Simpson County MS near the town of Legion Lake. The truck veered off the highway and overturned. The driver was apparently not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck as it overturned and was killed on the spot. The truck was carrying propane, a potentially flammable product. In this case the only fatality was the driver and the only nuisance factor was a blockage of the highway for an hour before the crash was investigated and the truck removed. Another recent hazardous material truck accident happened near the Mississippi town of D’Iberville on Highway 10. In this accident, the truck apparently collided with another vehicle. Both the two drivers were killed. Driver error the most likely cause of all truck accidents It has not yet been determined what the cause of these two accidents was. In the majority of truck accidents it has been found that the driver is usually at...
Why Not Make Side Guard Rails Mandatory on Tractor Trailers?

Why Not Make Side Guard Rails Mandatory on Tractor Trailers?

Underride accidents are some of the most horrific on our roads. They happen when a smaller vehicle, particularly a sedan, collides with the rear or side of a large truck and gets stuck underneath it. The force of the collision can cause colossal damage to the vehicle, and cause fatalities and serious injuries to the occupants. One of the consequences of an underride collision is that the roof of the car could be peeled off like a sardine can lid, exposing the heads and bodies of the occupants to whatever is under the vehicle. The impact of the collision is often enough to cause serious injuries in any case. The truck driver whose vehicle has been underridden may not even notice that something has happened and the car can be dragged involuntarily down the road for hundreds of yards, compounding the injuries. The danger of underride accidents is greater at night, especially if the truck is in a dimly lit area, close to or crossing an intersection, entering or exiting a side turning or has faulty lights at the rear or is not fitted with lights on the side. It can be particularly hard to judge the size and shape of a dimly lit or unlit tractor-trailer and that’s when vehicles can more easily crash into the back of a large truck or slide under the truck between the axles at the side. Federal law now makes it compulsory for large trucks to have rear underride protection in the form of a guard rail. However, the laws don’t extend to side guard rails. Evidence exists which suggests that where...
Trucking Alliance Backs Move for Safer Trucks Through Autonomous Driving Technology

Trucking Alliance Backs Move for Safer Trucks Through Autonomous Driving Technology

Few people would dispute that one of the main dangers on Mississippi roads is the number of large trucks traveling on them. What many people may not know is just why so many fatal accidents are caused. The short answer is: driver error. Anything that can help reduce driver errors on Mississippi highways will reduce the number of innocent people killed and maimed every year. Just look at the statistics for our state, supplied by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Over 280,000 crashes involving large trucks in Mississippi alone; Only a third of truck accidents were on an Interstate. The majority were on rural roads; A third of truck accidents occurred at night; Nearly 90% of fatal truck accidents occurred on a weekday. The main causes of truck accidents in Mississippi are: Driving too fast for the conditions; Distracted driving; Driver fatigue; Reckless or aggressive driving including tailgating; Misjudging changing lanes; Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs Less common reasons for truck accidents included defective brakes, tires or steering; bad weather; load too heavy or badly secured loads. Note that the vast majority of accidents that result in someone being killed or seriously injured are due to driver error of some sort. In the majority of cases when a collision takes place between a large, heavy trucks and a smaller vehicle, such as an auto, the occupants of the smaller vehicle invariably come off worse. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders are even more at risk than those in a vehicle with four or more wheels and some sort of all round protection....