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Dump truck accidents on the rise

Serious accidents involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks are on the rise in California and across the United States according to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. As a result, federal regulators and traffic safety experts are pushing trucking companies to take steps to reduce driver fatigue and adopt technology that monitors driver performance on the road.

Bill aims to decrease number of underride fatalities

A bill that would help prevent underride crashes from occurring to drivers in California and across the United States has stalled out in Congress. The bill, which is titled the Stop Underrides Act of 2017, aims to reduce the number of underride crashes that occur each year by requiring underride guards on the front and sides of each commercial truck. The bill would also update the standard requirements for underride guards on the back of trucks and require the Department of Transportation to update its standards every five years.

External air bags are a promising new technology

Drivers and passengers in a motor vehicle could be made safer by the presence of an external airbag. According to manufacturer ZF, this product could reduce the severity of injuries experienced in a car accident by 40 percent. Those on California roads and others in America could be kept safer because the air bag would work as an extra crumple zone. In essence, it would be like adding a pillow to the outside of the vehicle.

Major manufacturers including new truck safety technologies

Technological advances in monitoring, data and analytics are driving a surge of safety in the trucking industry. Among the new technologies that trucks are using in California are systems like automatic braking and backup alarms. According to the technology product manager for manufacturer Mack Trucks, that company has been investigating new truck safety technologies since the early 2000s, which is when it started including such features as traction control and stability control in its vehicles.

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