Should Commercial Trucks Be Equipped with Cameras?February 28, 2017
Proving liability is often a major battle in trucking litigation cases. Put simply, insurance companies for trucking companies will do whatever they can to avoid full compensation to the victims of horrific wrecks even when the facts are obvious as to the liability of the trucking company and driver. However, a video of the wreck often solves the liability dispute – whether it’s from a police dash cam or a surveillance video from a traffic camera.
In 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a study detailing the causes of truck wrecks. Seventy seven percent of the wrecks resulted in a truck hitting another vehicle. Speeding, unfamiliarity with the area, forgetting the basics, illegal driving maneuvers, aggressive driving, and poor evasive action were top causes of truck wrecks. All of these causes have one thing in common – they are preventable by the truck driver.
Trucking companies are not required by law to have driver and dash cams. Requiring commercial trucks to be equipped with cameras increases driver responsibility. Six of the top ten most common causes of truck wrecks are all preventable, yet drivers are often able to skirt responsibility for their negligence. Combining a video of the truck wreck with the black box data, insurance companies would no longer be able to deny liability and drag out litigation for years which benefits only the attorneys who bill by the hour to defend the trucking company. Cases with driver and dash cams are resolved much more efficiently as the focus turns more towards the damages.
If you or a loved have been involved in a truck wreck and has suffered injuries as a result of the negligence of another person, please contact us immediately. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm have successfully handled complex truck wreck cases and can help you hold all responsible parties liable in order to obtain any possible compensation for your injuries. They have vast experience investigating truck wrecks and will not let negligent drivers skirt their responsibility. Contact us today a free consultation.