NHTSA announced that large trucks must have electronic stability controls installed. Find out what this means for you.

New Ruling Requires Electronic Stability Control in Large Trucks: What This Means for You

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The United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in June of 2015 that large trucks and buses must be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) systems. Already used in some cars and light trucks, ESC is thought to have prevented numerous dangerous accidents.

What You Need to Know About ESC

Sharing the road safely with trucks can prevent some accidents. Additionally, driving with vehicles that have an ESC system can also keep you safe, and here’s why:

  • The ins and outs of ESC. Electronic stability control helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles during extreme steering maneuvers. For instance, when a driver has to make a sharp turn to avoid an accident, the ESC in the vehicle can help prevent loss of control in the vehicle by keeping the vehicle headed in the driver’s intended direction. This could stop dangerous rollovers and instances of spinning and plowing out.
  • ESC may save your life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts that the implementation of electronic stability control will prevent thousands of crashes each year. More specifically, NHTSA estimates that as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries, and 49 fatalities will be prevented each year because of ESC.
  • When to expect ESC implementation. Heavy trucks and large buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross weight are required to have electronic stability control. Trucks must have the systems installed within two years of the announcement.

Unfortunately, Truck Accidents Will Still Happen

No matter what kind of technology is used, unfortunately, truck accidents will still occur. Injuries and fatalities will also still take place. When this happens, you need someone who has your best interests in mind fighting for you. The Andrew Kim Law Firm will work hard to help you receive compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work. Contact us today to learn more.

Category: Truck and Bus Accidents


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