Mirrorless trucks may not be as popular to talk about as driverless cars, but they nonetheless deserve our attention, especially considering that Cooper City and other parts of Florida are no strangers to truck accidents.
Fact: each year, about 3,500 truck accidents occur across Florida. In these trucking accidents, about 2,000 Florida residents sustain injuries, while roughly 60 others die.
By law, all commercial trucks – including semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers – have to be equipped with big side-view mirrors that stick out their sides. We rarely even think about it, but they can be very hazardous and cause truck accidents in Cooper City and all across Florida.
Sure, these mirrors are there for a reason: they are a vital safety feature that allows truck drivers to see the “blind spots” and be able to monitor the sides of their trucks. But considering how flawed these big side-view mirrors are and how often they hit other trucks, vehicles, objects, and even people, it may be a good idea to get rid of them.
Is it possible to get rid of side-view mirrors in trucks?
The idea of getting rid of side-view mirrors in trucks has been proposed as part of a new proposed plan to the U.S. Department of Transportation, our Cooper City truck accident attorney from the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman explains. In fact, driving mirrorless trucks is not a far-fetched idea, as U.S. company Stoneridge Inc. has already replaced those mirrors with a sophisticated system of cameras and sensors. However, due to the currently strict laws regarding the existence of side-view mirrors in trucks in America, the company introduced the mirrorless trucks in Europe.
These trucks have been actively used across Europe since 2016, and both experts and lawyers say that they actually help reduce the number of truck accidents. Moreover, replacing side-view mirrors with cameras can help improve fuel efficiency. But could we see those mirrorless trucks on the roads of Florida? “We could,” says our truck accident attorney in Cooper City at the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman. “In fact, the U.S. government could approve the technology as soon as this coming summer.”
How do mirrorless trucks prevent truck accidents?
The cameras and displays featured in mirrorless trucks allow truck drivers to see all blind spots, including those in front of the truck’s hood and even in adjacent lanes, ensuring that truck drivers can see more and be able to prevent truck accidents caused by collisions with other vehicles or objects in blind spots. Cameras and displays are heated and coated in a way to ensure that truck drivers have clear visibility of the road and blind spots regardless of weather conditions.
Currently, the surface of side-view mirrors in modern trucks tends to get cover, d in frost, rain and snow, all of which can negatively affect visibility and cause truck accidents. Moreover, truck drivers have very limited visibility as side-view mirrors do not allow to see all blind spots. In addition to that, mirrors need to be adjusted and readjusted, and some truck drivers readjust their mirrors while operating a vehicle, which distracts them from the road and may result in collisions.
Mirrorless trucks, meanwhile, feature digital displays on each side of the windshield and in the center, which means truck drivers can be focused on the road ahead while seeing what is happening in the blind spots with their peripheral vision. One of the greatest benefits of the technology is that it allows truck drivers to see when it is dark and in low-light conditions. Considering that night vision problem cause a large number of truck accidents in Cooper City and all across Florida every year, this particular feature alone can make a huge difference in reducing the number of trucking accidents.
There are no mirrorless trucks on the roads of Florida yet, which is why the risk of getting into a truck accident is still very high due to poor visibility, driver’s inability to see all blind spots, and other flaws of the side-view mirrors. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, speak to our Cooper City truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman.