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Does Your Truck Have These 4 Essential Safety Features? Austin Personal-Injury Lawyer Insights

By Luke Dow on August 30, 2016

It’s easy to associate workplace injuries with construction sites and oil rigs, but trucking companies see their fair share of employee injuries and fatalities. In fact, transportation is the second deadliest industry in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Truck accident prevention starts well before you hit the road. One of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of injuries is to purchase a truck with these safety features:

  1. Electronic stability control;
  2. Shoulder and lap belts;
  3. Airbags;
  4. And trailer sway control.
If you were injured in a truck accident in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a personal-injury lawyer in Austin who can assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

Let’s take a closer look at four essential safety features in commercial trucks:

  1. Electronic Stability Control
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, electronic stability control could prevent nearly one-third of all fatal crashes. It helps truckers avoid accidents due to the loss of traction.

ESC detects skidding and gently engages the brakes to correct the vehicle’s trajectory. It is particularly effective on slippery roads.

According to IIHS data, electronic stability control can also reduce the risk of rollover accidents by 80 percent. This is especially important in large trucks because their high center of gravity makes them more prone to rollovers than passenger vehicles.

  1. Shoulder and Lap Belts
Some trucks only have lap belts, but these do not offer the maximum protection in an accident. The impact of a collision can force the driver’s torso forward, and without a shoulder belt, the vertebrae could overstretch. This can cause severe back injuries, so make sure your vehicle has both lap and shoulder belts.
  1. Airbags
According to The New York Times, airbags lower the risk of death by 26 percent in head-on collisions and by 13 percent in all severe accidents. Heavy trucks may fare better in serious crashes due to their size and weight, but a high-speed wreck can still cause truck drivers or passengers to hit their heads on the steering wheel, dashboard or side windows. Airbags can reduce injuries in these scenarios.
  1. Trailer Sway Control
Large trucks with trailers are susceptible to trailer sway, which can cause a truck to swerve uncontrollably. This often leads to trucks veering off the road or rolling over – especially when travelling at high speeds.

Trailer sway control can prevent these accidents. If the system detects that the trailer is starting to sway, it will activate the brakes to restore the trailer’s trajectory.

If you were injured in a car or truck accident in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin injury attorney who can handle the legal aspects of your lawsuit so you can focus on recovery. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

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