New technology could prevent some semi-truck accidents

Arkansas drivers may have been stuck behind slow-moving semi-trucks before, and those who have might welcome a new innovation by Samsung although some believe it may never actually hit the highways. In Argentina, where traffic accidents and two-lane highways are common, the electronics company has developed a prototype semi-truck with four large screens on its back. These screens display video via a wireless camera showing a driver trailing it what the road looks like ahead of the semi-truck.

The idea behind the prototype is that drivers often become impatient when behind trucks and attempt to pass when it is not possible to tell whether another vehicle might be approaching in the opposite lane. This can result in a head-on collision.

However, some point out that the screens themselves are distracting, and motorists who have not heard about the invention have no way of knowing what they are seeing on the screens. The original prototype is said by Samsung to no longer be operational, and the idea requires a good deal more testing. It is not clear whether such a vehicle would be legal on roadways in the United States or elsewhere. In the meantime, other safer driving measures such as self-driving cars may be in place before Samsung can finish developing the technology.

A person who is injured in a head-on collision due to another vehicle unsafely passing a semi-truck may suffer serious injury. Semi-trucks can also be dangerous due to driver fatigue and simply because of their size and difficulty in maneuvering them during emergencies. Injured victims may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss their options for seeking compensation.

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