Self-driving vehicles may seem like something out of a sci-fi novel or movie, but as Pennsylvania residents may know, they are being developed for eventual use by a number of up-and-coming ventures. One of these companies, Embark -- a self-driving truck startup -- has officially revealed its highway autopilot system that it believes will be the "brain" of self-driving trucks.
Trucks are a part of the landscape in Allegheny and across the U.S. While the majority of these trucks are simply seen and accepted as necessary to transport goods back and forth, it can be ignored that an 18-wheeler truck accident can cause serious injuries and even death. These vehicles are large, often travel at high speed and go long distances. The drivers might or might not be qualified. The truck could be operated unsafely. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck crash, certain factors that recede into the background must be considered. One is trucker health.
Every day, countless commercial trucks travel on major roadways throughout Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While these vehicles play a vital role, shipping and delivering goods to and from places, semi-trucks can also cause dangers on the roads as well. Although federal trucking regulations seek to reduce the dangers and accidents caused by commercial trucks, no regulation can prevent negligent truck drivers from getting behind the wheel.
Every day, large commercial trucks travel on major roadways throughout Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While these massive tractor-trailer trucks present many risks to other drivers, federal trucking regulations exist to mitigate these risks. However, with the recent election and the impending change in the nation's highest political office, it is possible that some of these regulations might be eliminated. While these changes could mean improvements in the trucking industry, they could have unwanted consequences.
Driving near a large commercial truck is commonplace for most motorists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. These massive vehicles help with the transportation of various goods, assisting with intrastate and interstate commerce. And, with the increase in the purchase of goods and commodities, and the demand to have them delivered sooner, it is likely that drivers will share the road with numerous semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks.
For most motorists, it is common to share the roadways with numerous vehicles of different shapes and sizes. While a driver might frequently encounter a large truck, such as a tractor-trailer or a semi-truck. Some drivers might feel less at ease traveling behind, or directly right next to, a commercial truck. This fear or concern might stem from the ability for these massive vehicles to generate a large accident site, if a truck driver is negligent and collides with another motorist.
Rarely do motorists in Pennsylvania and other states travel on the interstate without any other vehicles present. Even during the late night hours, the chances of sharing the road with a commercial truck, such as a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer truck, are very high. While these massive trucks have the right to be on the road like any other vehicle that is safe for travel, commercial trucks do pose some major risks on the roadway that could cause a truck accident.
Large trucks are important vehicles, and intrastate and interstate commerce rely on the ability of semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks to transport large shipments efficiently from one destination to another.
As a previous post highlighted, a fatigued truck driver can be a very dangerous presence on roadways in Pennsylvania. These drivers not only drive long hours and long distances, but they also operate extremely large vehicles that do not maneuver and stop the same way smaller vehicles do. Therefore, when a driver is fatigued, falls asleep behind the wheel or is inattentive, this could result in a serious or even fatal truck accident.
Whether you are traveling during the day or during the night, most motorists in Pennsylvania will likely share the road with large commercial trucks at some point. These massive vehicles, although important for intrastate and interstate commerce, pose several risks on minor and major roadways, which is primarily due to their size. Another concern arises from the long hours truck drivers work and the long distances drivers travel. Although federal trucking regulations regarding hours of service and breaks seek to address these concerns, there still remains the risk of driver fatigue and drowsy driving for those who suffer from sleep disorders.