Volvo Trucks recently announced its new Zero Accident Vision initiative aimed at preventing fatal traffic accidents involving Volvo trucks. At the 2017 American Trucking Association Management Conference in Orlando, Florida, Volvo affirmed its ongoing commitment to safety.
Truck Accident Data
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of large trucks involved in fatal truck accidents was 4,050 in 2015 – up eight percent from the year before. In 2007, the FMCSA joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. After analyzing crash data from 120,000 large truck crashes occurring over a two-year period across 17 states, researchers determined the most common causes of fatal traffic accidents involving trucks to be:
Traffic flow interruption
Prescription drug use
Unfamiliarity with surroundings
Volvo Truck Safety Technology
Several state-of-the-art Volvo tractor-trailer safety systems are designed to mitigate truck accidents. Volvo Active Driver Assist detects nearby stationary or braking vehicles and emits audible and visual warnings to alert drivers of an imminent crash. If the other vehicle fails to respond and avoid a crash, Volvo Active Driver Assist engages the truck’s brakes to avoid a collision.
Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) helps truck drivers avoid rollover accidents common with high-center-of-gravity vehicles. Utilizing anti-lock braking and traction control systems, VEST decreases power and applies individual brakes when necessary to prevent collisions. Collision-avoidance and cruise control systems alert drivers who are speeding or following vehicles too closely.
The Human Factor
Zero Accident Vision includes technology designed to decrease accidents and encourages safety measures to address the human error factor involved in many truck crashes. Volvo Trucks traffic and product safety director, Carl Johan Almqvist, stated that “Drivers perform far better when they feel engaged, appreciated, and a valued part of their company.”
Volvo Trucks believes trucking companies improve safety when they invest in professional, well-trained drivers. Volvo Trucks and Zero Accident Vision also call on safety advocates, politicians, and researchers to continue the quest for new ways to prevent traffic accidents.
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