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ESC systems on trucks may increase driving safety

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2016 | Truck Accidents

Many motor vehicles and motorcycles come equipped with electronic stability control. While these machines are essential for the safety of motorists, officials believe that adding this technology to tractor trailers could not only improve the safety of truck drivers, but everyone else on the road as well. At Pryor, Priest and Harber, we understand how truck accidents can leave victims with serious injuries or dealing with the loss of a loved one. That is why big rig safety is crucial.

When truckers are faced with heavy traffic conditions or have a vehicle pull out directly in front of them, they often require a longer distance to slow down and/or stop. Furthermore, trucks that brake while traveling in bad weather conditions or with a poorly distributed load may be more likely to tip over, skid or jackknife. Electronic stability control systems can prevent this from happening by detecting when a truck is understeering, oversteering, hydroplaning or swerving, and then helping the truck driver to gain control of the big rig’s steering mechanism.

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reported that electronic stability control systems on tractor trailers can reduce large truck accident fatalities that are caused by loss-of-control by 14 percent. Big rig accidents involving rollovers may drop by up to 56 percent due to electronic stability control system installation in large trucks and buses.

People who are interested in learning more about what to do after the occurrence of a large truck accident should visit out truck accident page to find out more. 

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