Most specialized safety equipment utilized by commercial transportation companies is necessary to comply with federal law. You need to have federally-compliant underride guards on all of the trailers your company uses, for example. Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are another example of safety equipment that companies must install in their fleet vehicles to comply with federal law.
There are other pieces of equipment that can benefit a company but are not necessary under current federal laws. Cameras are not mandated safety equipment on commercial vehicles, but they can play an important role in a company’s protection against liability. Many commercial companies have begun adding cameras to their vehicles for insurance or liability purposes.
There are two different kinds of cameras that commercial transportation companies may want to invest in for the purpose of minimizing crash liability.
1. Dashboard cameras
There are specialized dashboard cameras specifically designed for commercial vehicles that help provide in-depth analysis of someone’s driving habits. Companies can rely on these devices to exonerate their drivers when others accuse a commercial driver of doing something unsafe.
Cameras can simultaneously record what happens in front of and inside a truck. Such devices can help provide the basis for a defense when facing a crash-related claim. A clear image of the moments before the crash can be as important as a driver’s actions in the cab. Such cameras can lay to rest any claims that your driver did something inappropriate and potentially caused the collision.
2. Backup cameras
Given the large blind spots behind commercial trucks, having a camera on the rear of a trailer could potentially prevent a collision. When a driver can see behind the vehicle, they know if there is a pedestrian or another vehicle when they need to drive in reverse.
Such cameras could also help in a situation where someone steals property from a trailer, as a visible rear camera could serve as a deterrent or potentially a source of video evidence.
The right equipment can go a long way toward reducing crashes and preventing claims against your company if a collision does occur. Learning more about commercial transportation law and cutting-edge safety equipment can benefit owners and executives operating commercial transportation firms.