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Bendix unveils new products to improve truck safety

At the first annual North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, brake manufacturing company Bendix unveiled a range of products and updates that could drastically decrease truck accidents. Many trucking companies in New York and elsewhere in the U.S. are taking note.

The first product introduced was the Intellipark system, an electronic parking brake that automatically engages the air brakes if the driver forgets to. Interlocks, installed either on the seat, safety belt or cab door, are used to activate the system. With its ergonomic switches replacing the standard push-and-pull switches, Intellipark will also facilitate manual engagement of the air brakes.

Forgetting to engage the air brakes often leads to rollaway incidents and sometimes collisions with other vehicles. In fact, a Frost & Sullivan survey reported that 60% of fleets had a rollaway incident within the past two years.

Rear-end collisions are another major concern with trucks. In response, Bendix has created software upgrades for its driver assistance system, the Wingman Fusion. The system will be enabled to make better decisions for drivers. For example, when backing up or braking, it will incorporate data from radar and video features. Lastly, the company brought out a new line of spring brakes, called EnduraSure and EnduraSure Pro, which are considered more durable and corrosion-resistant than their previous line.

Despite such advancements, it's not uncommon for truck accidents for occur because of driver negligence. Perhaps a driver didn't take the prescribed number of breaks, thus causing an accident from fatigue. The victim, or the victim's family, may want to consult with an attorney about filing a claim. In many cases, drivers aren't the only ones who are blamed for accidents as the trucking company could be partially at fault. A lawyer will prepare a case thoroughly before negotiating with the company's own legal representatives.

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