Rollovers of large commercial trucks cost lives as well as millions of dollars of property loss each year. Some studies have shown that speeds during steady turns, believed to be safe by the truck drivers, are often close to their truck’s rollover border line. In other words, some dangerous driving by truck drivers is not out of intentional recklessness, but ignorance of the physical properties of their huge vehicles. Better training is obviously important, but not sufficient to create a large reduction in truck rollover injuries and deaths. Prevention of truck rollovers is an area in which affordable technology can save lives. Systems such as computerized braking and other rollover stability control and rollover warning devices need to be built into new heavy trucks and added onto the existing fleet.
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