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Will taking the truckers out of trucking improve safety?

Commercial transportation is vital to today's economy. We not only depend on the goods transported across the state and country by commercial vehicles, we expect to receive them faster and faster. With all these demands, some parties resort to dangerous -- and sometimes unlawful -- practices to get the job done.

We see examples of this in the trucking industry. Truckers are driving too many hours, trying to do too many things behind the wall and operating unsafe vehicles in an effort to get the job done faster. In response to these concerns, companies are developing technology that could potentially take the truckers out of trucking.

Autonomous vehicles have been in development and testing for years. They are often referred to as self-driving vehicles, as they allow the vehicle to steer, regulate speed and brake without human interaction. However, these cars still have a person behind the wheel.

One of the most recent developments in this arena would even eliminate the need for a person to be inside a self-driving truck. The newly-developed kit could be installed in commercial trucks and would allow a person to control a truck's steering, throttle and transmission via remote control from inside a home or office. 

The co-founder of the remote-controlled truck company says that pulling drivers out from behind the wheel can keep them safer and ultimately attract more people to the field by eliminating the need for an operator to do long, arduous trips in person.

However, protecting truckers is just one part of the equation when it comes to trucks and road safety. In fact, in many cases, other motorists are the ones who ultimately pay the price in a trucking accident, so their safety is a critical concern as well.

Whether these and the various other tech solutions are actually going to make the roads safer for potential truck accident victims remains to be seen. In the meantime, if you are injured in a trucking company, remember that you may be eligible for compensation. Discussing your legal options with an attorney can help you assess the situation and what you may stand to gain by filing a lawsuit against a negligent party.

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