Safety is the responsibility of everyone who touches heavy truck, not simply the one in the driver’s seat, according to an industry panel at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference Wednesday in Dallas, Texas.
“Safety is not only a manufacturer responsibility, it takes a mixture of technology and training,” Tim Lafon, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Volvo Trucks, told our sister site, CCJ.
Studies have shown there are 1.2 million traffic fatalities a year, and Scott Burkhart, Vice President and General Manager of Bendix Electronics, says on-highway large truck crashes are a $76 billion problem annually.
Even considering those statistics, Burkhart says safety technologies are slow to hit the market.
For a full recap from Wednesday’s industry panel, click here.