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Preventing truck accidents in Nebraska

Jackknifing is an event that occurs when a truck and its trailer form an L or a V shape on the highway. In some cases, such an accident can lead to fatalities, but it may be possible to reduce the number of jackknife crashes. Typically, they occur due to a loss of traction due to wet or icy roadways or because the driver has not properly applied the brakes.

Preventing cargo tank rollover accidents

Semi-tractors pulling cargo tanks containing hazardous materials are a common sight on the highways of Nebraska, and the vast majority of them are able to complete their journeys without incident. However, when an accident involving one of these vehicles does take place, spills of gasoline, crude oil or flammable gas can greatly increase the dangers faced by area residents and road users. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 1,300 cargo tanker trucks are involved in rollover accidents each year around the country.

Teenage drivers and risks in Nebraska

The most inexperienced drivers on the road, teenagers are also more likely to be involved in car accidents, especially those involving risky behaviors such as texting and driving or drinking and driving. Despite educational campaigns and a drinking age set at age 21 nationwide, teenagers continue to be involved in such accidents in alarming numbers.

Technology to prevent truck accidents unlikely in U.S.

The economic, personal and social costs of truck accidents ensure continuing efforts to prevent them with education, enforcement and technological innovation. Drivers in Nebraska may soon see a number of new technologies designed for prevention, but one idea that has been developed by Samsung and tested in Argentina is unlikely to come into domestic use in the near future.

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