How Slipstreaming Can Help Reduce Truck Accidents and Injuries
If you are headed down the road in a mid size car and see a caravan of two or more trucks following closely together and driving at a high rate of speed, it can be rather intimidating. With their massive size and bulk, you would have little chance of escaping unharmed in the event a truck accident occurred, and following each other so closely would seem like a recipe for danger. The fact is, these drivers may be employing a technique called slipstreaming. Combined with advanced safety features, it can end up saving the trucking industry-and consumers-money, while reducing the likelihood for crashes and collisions.
Slipstreaming: The Future of Trucking?
Slipstreaming is a concept that is familiar to Nascar fans. It involves two vehicles following each other at a close distance, enabling the second driver to take advantage of the first’s momentum. This requires expending less energy and saves money on gas, a concept the trucking industry is now exploring. According to an October 2017 report in the Washington Post, trucking companies typically spend $90 billion a year on fuel, their highest expense second only to driver salaries. Saving money would end up being a win for consumers as well, as it is likely to decrease overhead costs and delivery fees for merchants and vendors, who could then pass that savings on to consumers.
An additional and even more important benefit is that it could help to reduce truck accidents. Trucks that move as a part of these caravans, or platoons as they are called, are typically equipped with automatic, self driving features, such as lane sensors, radar speed detectors, and automatic braking. This is what allows them to travel so close together and maintain speeds. It also helps to reduce the likelihood of driver errors, which is one of the most common factors in truck accidents and injuries.
The Impact of Truck Accidents On Motorists
Anything that helps to make trucks safer on the road is a bonus for other motorists, who tend to suffer the most severe injuries when truck crashes and collisions do occur. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that of the more than 4,000 people who are killed in truck accidents each year on roads throughout the country, roughly two thirds are drivers in other vehicles. The massive bulk of most big rigs, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more, helps to protect truck drivers, but this weight and the added length and width of trucks can cause severe and potentially life threatening injuries to motorists when even an otherwise minor truck accident occurs.
Your Safety Is Our Top Priority
At the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. your safety is our top priority. When truck accidents result in serious injuries for you or someone you love, we are here to provide the professional legal representation you need. Call or contact our Gregg Wexler online to request a consultation to discuss your case. We negotiate with trucking companies on your behalf, helping you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.