Automated trucks? What will this mean for other drivers?

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2016 | Truck Accidents

The trucking industry continues to move toward more automated control of trucks, taking away many tasks from the driver. While proponents of this shift to automation say it will benefit drivers, questions remain about overall safety.

Computer systems will not entirely replace drivers, but drivers will focus on different things. What will this mean for other people on the road? Will truck drivers pay enough attention to traffic and road conditions?

What tasks will be automated?

Some trucks already have automated functions for braking, steering and changing speeds. Trucking industry experts estimate that automation will someday include tasks such as:

  • Lane changes
  • Exiting the highway
  • Fueling
  • Parking
  • Non-driving tasks, including administrative and communication tasks

If truck drivers spend more time monitoring electronics and automation, will they still watch the road? Or will they devote all of their attention to maintaining numerous systems?

It is difficult to predict what may happen as automation plays a larger role in commercial trucking. If, however, you are injured in truck accident today or in the future, you will need an experienced advocate on your side.

The difference of trucking accident cases

Truck accident cases are complex due to the federal and state laws governing the trucking industry. They may also include multiple liable parties. This is not a straightforward passenger car accident. There are more complicated factors at issue.

If you or a family member suffers an injury in an accident with a commercial truck, you will be best served by a law firm with the resources, skill and reputation to protect your rights and seek the maximum compensation you are allowed. Typically, you may receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering.

Source:, “Meet the pilot-monitor, master of the autonomous truck,” James Jaillet, March 20, 2016.

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