Rollover accidents are one of the most serious types of wrecks that occur on Georgia roads. Because of this, automakers have equipped sport-utility vehicles, light-duty trucks, and many passenger cars with electronic stability control systems to help reduce rollover accidents across this nation.
After seeing the reduction in rollover accidents due to this safety feature, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to require electronic safety control systems in large trucks, buses, and motor coaches.
The Proof Is Here:
NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said, “We’ve already seen how effective stability control can be at reducing rollovers in passenger vehicles—the ability for this type of technology to save lives in one reason it is required on cars and light-duty trucks beginning with model year 2012.”
Electronic stability control has helped to prevent single-vehicle rollovers by 73 percent and deadly accidents by 33 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
NHTSA estimates that if this safety system was installed in large trucks that it would help to:
- Prevent up to 60 traffic fatalities each year
- Reduce accidents by 2,329 annually
- Prevent up to 858 accident injuries per year
- Reduce about 56 percent of truck rollover accidents each year
- Stop about 14 percent of loss-of-control truck crashes annually
The electronic safety control system would help detect wheel slippage and prevent truck accident rollovers from occurring through computer-controlled braking. Although this safety technology would help to reduce Georgia truck accident rollovers from occurring, truck accidents and injuries are still a legitimate concern.