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Will Cameras in Trucks Reduce Accidents?

In recent times, some trucking companies have been installing cameras in their commercial trucks. Such trucks generally have two cameras—one recording the road in front of the truck and the other focused on the truck driver. While many people may not feel comfortable having a camera pointed at them for hours at a time, such cameras may significantly deter negligent behavior in truck drivers. If you have been injured by a negligent truck driver, an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney can help you recover.

Following an accident, reviewing camera footage can help you identify whether the truck driver was engaging in negligent activities, such as:

  • Texting or using a handheld device
  • Other distracted driving behaviors
  • Nodding off or driving while fatigued
  • Drinking or using drugs
  • Improper lane changes
  • Dangerous turns or other driving maneuvers

Simply knowing that the camera would expose any negligent behavior likely works to deter the driver from engaging in any such behaviors to begin with, thus avoiding accidents and injuries.

Following an accident, having the information from cameras in the truck can be extremely helpful for a legal claim. Unfortunately, camera installation is a new trend and is only practiced by a handful of commercial trucking companies at this time. Hopefully, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will acknowledge the importance of safety cameras and will enact a regulation requiring cameras in every commercial truck. Until that time, however, you always want to make sure you have an attorney who knows how to prove negligence in truck accidents using other resources and investigatory methods.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a  truck accident, the experienced truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help prove your claim whether the truck in question had cameras or not. You deserve to be compensated by any negligent parties, so please call our office today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia