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Can technology reduce trucking accident rates?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Despite current conditions here in the United States, data supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates an uptick in traffic fatalities during the first two quarters of last year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was a corresponding rise in the number of accidents involving semitrucks.

Department of Transportation DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg noted that “[m]ore than 20,000 people died on U.S. roads in the first six months of 2021.”  Further, those unacceptable findings will result in DOT initiatives like the National Roadway Safety Strategy designed “to save lives on the road.”

The rise of AI in the trucking industry

CEO and founder and of the artificial intelligence (AI) company Smarter AI described how the industry uses sensor fusion to integrate the trucker’s behind-the-wheel behaviors with factors like vehicle acceleration, speed and even location. The result is a precision AI system that could lower highway deaths.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists also conducted research on ways that predictive technology identifies risk from traffic congestion and dangerous roads.

Will AI dramatically reduce trucking accidents?

With the limitless future of AI technology, it is quite possible that truckers will one day rely heavily on data to devise runs that dodge high-traffic periods and frequent crash zones. But since that day has not yet arrived, motorists are still suffering the deadly consequences of accidents with semitrucks.

If you were seriously injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, or a loved one killed, learning about your rights to compensation under Texas law can help you determine a course of action.