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Differing perspectives on Samsung's semi see-through efforts

Two-lane highways can be dangerous when semi trucks are on the road, and one of the biggest dangers to Pennsylvania motorists who are behind big rigs can be knowing when it is safe to pass. Samsung has been testing a new technology on trucks in Argentina, a nation faced with extremely high accident rates on its numerous two-lane highways. The see-through technology involves the provision of live video on the backs of big trucks through wireless cameras mounted on the fronts of the trucks. The grill positioning of the cameras makes it possible for following motorists to see the same view that truck drivers have.

Although the initial prototype has been taken out of service, Samsung indicates that its efforts have proven that the technology and approach are viable. It is believed that many lives can be saved with further development of this video solution. However, significant levels of further testing must be completed before such technology can be used in the United States.

Critics of Samsung's approach indicate that this is more of a distraction than help. While Samsung refines its video approach to minimizing truck accidents, self-driving cars and other strategies are also being explored and tested for improved safety on U.S. roads. Motorists who realize that the challenge of passing a semi poses serious risks of catastrophic truck injuries may look forward to a variety of safety options being developed to reduce dangers on the road.

An injured victim of an accident involving a semi truck might wonder about the safety standards followed by the truck driver and the trucking company itself. If an accident can be reasonably attributed to safety compromises on the part of the company or truck driver, it might be appropriate for an injured party to consult with an attorney about the viability of filing a personal injury action in connection with the case, especially if insurance benefits have been insufficient for covering the damages and expenses that have been incurred.

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