Drivers in Tennessee often become nervous when they pull out to pass a semi-tractor trailer. The length of these vehicles makes passing maneuvers risky even at the best of times, and their height and width makes it difficult for drivers behind them who are thinking of passing to see the road ahead. The electronics company Samsung has developed an innovative system that may calm nerves and reduce accidents.
Semis equipped with the Samsung system have a camera mounted on the front that relays video to four screens mounted at the rear. This allows following drivers to see the road ahead of the truck. Samsung concedes that the technology is unconventional, but it points to testing conducted in Argentina as evidence that equipping large trcuks with the system could result in fewer collisions. The Korean company chose to do the testing in Argentina because accidents involving passenger vehicles overtaking large trucks are common on the country's many two-lane roads.
Some safety advocates are unimpressed by the new technology. They point out that a bank of screens mounted on the rear of a semi could be extremely distracting to drivers. Other skeptics have pointed at the long road that lies ahead for Samsung if it hopes to secure regulatory approval for its ingenious safety system.
While this kind of safety technology could make the roads safer in certain situations, it will do little to prevent truck accidents caused by fatigued, intoxicated or distracted truck drivers. Lawsuits stemming from a truck accident are often filed against the truck driver involved, but in some cases a personal injury attorney may also bring a legal action on behalf of an injured victim against the company that owns the truck. Trucking companies may bear responsibility when accidents are caused by inadequate maintenance or drivers who have not been properly trained.