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Proposal Would Require AEB Systems on Heavy Trucks

A speeding red truck barrels down the highway..

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are proposing a new rule that would require new heavy vehicles to be equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems.

The agencies said AEB systems “will mitigate the frequency and severity of rear-end crashes.”

NHTSA says the technology would help save lives

“Advanced driver assistance systems like AEB have the power to save lives,” said NHTSA Chief Counsel Ann Carlson. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward in improving safety on our nation’s roadways by reducing, and ultimately eliminating, preventable tragedies that harm Americans.”

The proposal defines “heavy vehicles” as those with a gross weight exceeding 10,000 pounds. Common examples include heavy-duty trucks and buses.

In an AEB system, multiple sensor technologies are used to detect when a vehicle is about to crash. The brakes are automatically applied if the driver has not already done so. If the driver has already applied the brakes, the system adds more braking force as needed.

Under the new proposal, AEB technology would be used that works at speeds ranging from 6 miles per hour to roughly 50 miles per hour.

Industry backs proposed change

The American Trucking Association (ATA), the largest trade association representing the trucking industry in the United States, expressed support for the proposal.

“ATA has long supported the use of AEB on all new vehicles,” said ATA Vice President of Safety Policy Dan Horvath. “With NHTSA’s recent regulation requiring AEB on all new passenger vehicles, this proposal for heavy-duty trucks is timely and appropriate.”

The organization urged making AEB standard equipment on all new cars and trucks in 2015. In 2021, it supported legislation that would have mandated the implementation of AEB technology on new Class 7 and 8 trucks.

According to NHTSA statistics, there are approximately 60,000 rear-end crashes each year in which a heavy vehicle is the striking vehicle. NHTSA estimates that once implemented, the rule will prevent 19,118 crashes, save 155 lives and prevent 8,814 injuries every year.

Talk to a truck accident lawyer today

A rear-end truck accident can leave victims with severe injuries and impact their lives physically, emotionally, and financially. Medical expenses for surgery, medication, physical therapy, and other treatment can add up quickly and become overwhelming. In addition, victims may not be able to work for some time, resulting in a loss of income.

If a negligent truck driver caused an accident that left you injured, you deserve accountability and financial compensation for your losses. But trucking companies and their insurance carriers have the advantage in these situations. They use multiple tactics to pay you less and have teams of lawyers fighting for their best interests.

That’s why you need a truck accident lawyer who will fight for your rights. Attorney Dean Waite knows how to investigate accidents to get the facts. He can build a strong case and negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement that meets your needs. If a negotiation can’t be reached, he’ll be ready to fight for you in court.

If you were hurt in Mobile or anywhere in Alabama, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate. Contact Dean Waite & Associates, LLC to schedule a free consultation.

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