Groundbreaking Rule Requiring Electronic Stability Control Systems on Trucks Will Prevent Accidents and Save Lives
In June 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox announced that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized a rule requiring all heavy trucks and large buses to have electronic stability control (ESC) systems. These safety systems are already on some passenger cars and light trucks. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates these devices will improve safety yearly by doing the following:
- Save 49 lives
- Prevent 1,759 accidents
- Reduce rollover accidents by 56 percent
- Save $300 million annually
How Electronic Stability Control Systems Make Trucks Safer
NHTSA has recommended that ESC systems be installed on heavy trucks and large buses since 2011. These safety devices work as follows:
- The ESC system is a directional control that works when the driver’s own steering and braking is not fast enough to prevent an accident.
- The ESC system works instantly and automatically when it senses a crash is going to occur.
The new rule requires ESC systems for all heavy trucks and large buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross weight. Trucks and buses will be required to have the ESC systems under the following schedule:
- Within two years for most trucks
- Within three years for buses larger than 33,000 pounds
- Within four years for buses weighing between 26,000 and 33,000 pounds
While ECS systems will prevent some truck accidents in the future, unfortunately these safety devices cannot eliminate all of them. In addition, motorists are at increased risk of suffering serious injuries and deaths until truckers and trucking companies implement the requirements of this new rule. If you or a family member was injured in an accident caused by a trucker, call me at 888.716.8021 for a free no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options.
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