Video being used to defend fleets, trucking companies
The use of video recording systems in trucks frequently captures valuable information used to defend motor carriers in court.
Points to ponder: The Federal Highway Administration is studying frequent freight standstill on America’s roads. It’s often a tangled infrastructure out there riddled with distracted driving, as multiple law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have attested.
Meanwhile, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) studies of crashes between heavy trucks and passenger cars, cyclists and pedestrians have shown that a decisive majority of the time, the accident isn’t the truck driver’s fault. And yet reporting from Fleet Owner has elucidated a public perception of just the opposite: John Q. Public sees a heavy truck-smaller vehicle crash as a “big guy-little guy” situation and tends to point blame at the big, heavy equipment.
With that in mind, here are three related arguments and things to consider that have come up recently regarding the use of video systems in heavy trucks.
Noting as above that there can be a negative public perception — or fear — when it comes to heavy trucks on America’s highways, it seems there are lawyers out there akin to so-called “ambulance chasers” looking for big injury settlements who’ve also figured this out.
“In passenger vehicles vs. large truck [accidents], who’s usually at fault? The passenger vehicle — that driver who didn’t do an inspection on his vehicle before he started; that driver who’s not responsible for compliance or regulated by enforcement; it’s that passenger vehicle or pedestrian,” notes Drew Schimelpfenig, senior manager of integration programs at fleet management systems provider Omnitracs. read more at fleetowner.com