Smart rest area to help lower car accident injuries

Date: Apr 22, 2014

A new combined initiative by the Australian and NSW governments aims to reduce car accidents injuries and increase road safety in the state.

In late May, seven new ‘smart rest’ areas will be trialled on a 210-kilometre stretch of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Gilgandra.

Using Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (CITS) technology, the rest areas will give heavy vehicle drivers access to information about nearby stops and facilities available there. It will also disclose whether there is room for their particular trucks at the rest stops.

Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast said there are large benefits to introducing the scheme.

“The aim of the trial is to improve road safety for heavy vehicle drivers, helping them to better manage fatigue by taking rest opportunities,” Ms Prendergast said.

“An ‘app’ will then tell participating drivers whether parking is available for their size of vehicle. The equipment only measures vehicle length and cannot identify vehicles or drivers.”

The trial, which will run until September, comes at an important time as car accidents involving trucks are at an all time high.

According to Transport for NSW, trucks were involved in 56 fatal crashes in the state last year. Crashes that involve trucks often end with more serious consequences and have a higher chance of  whiplash injury for occupants of other vehicles involved

This is because “when a heavy truck is involved in a crash, their vehicle mass elevates the crash forces involved and hence increases the severity of the crash,” the transport body said. {this should be paraphrased}

In 2012 ,1158 people were injured in heavy vehicle crashes in New South Wales. In the state, people injured in a truck accident are entitled to make a claim for compensation for their injuries under the motor accidents compensation scheme.

This can extend to truck drivers themselves who are also entitled to receive compensation. This can include the reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation for any future rehabilitation expenses. If your everyday income has also been affected, compensation can also address economic losses.

It is important if involved in a car accident or a crash involving a truck that you contact legal experts who can assist you in setting up a claim.

At Gerard Malouf and Partners, we operate on a strict “No Win No Fee” policy, which means that if your claim for compensation is not successful you will not be charged any legal fees.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.