Privacy or Protection
Truck drivers may be facing new infringements on their privacy, but as studies are beginning to show, these infringements may have as much as a 60% decrease in accidents involving large trucks.
Several companies are working on new technologies to monitor the behavior and driving habits of truck drivers, both for large and medium sized trucks, in an effort to increase productivity and efficiency, as well as improve the safety skills of the men and women behind the wheels of these potentially dangerous machines.
Among the technologies being developed, one company, Green Road, is developing an in-cab display that will show the semi drivers how safe they are being, offering them displays of red, yellow or green lights, based on behavior and habits. Another company, SmartDrive Systems, is manufacturing a video-based product that will assist in fuel efficiency and safety. Those monitoring the videos can tell how drivers are reacting in traffic, whether they follow too closely to other drivers or if they are slamming on their brakes too frequently.
What do you think about these new technologies? Do you think drivers have a right to more privacy than these devices will allow for? Do you think they are fair since these drivers are employees of whoever owns the loads they are carrying? Do employers have the right to monitor their goods to and from destinations, and do they have a right to base payments on the behavior of these drivers? Tell us what you think!
One of the major perks to these systems could be a reduction in vehicular accidents and increased safety of those on the roadways. Truck accidents cause thousands of deaths every year, and if we can reduce that number by up to 60% as some of these manufacturers are saying, that would be a substantial improvement from where we are now. It would be hard to make any arguments for privacy in light of the lives being saved, if these numbers prove true.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, call Wagner Reese today to schedule your free consultation and find out how we can assist you in recovering the damages you are owed.