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You were in an accident in Lakewood, Colorado, and perhaps it involved an 18-wheeler. You may be suffering from serious injuries for which you yourself were not to blame, in which case you may seek out compensation from the trucking company. The first question, though, is how the trucker was at fault.

The danger of harsh driving

There’s no doubt, for example, that truckers can sometimes be aggressive drivers. One of the tell-tale signs of aggressive driving is harsh acceleration and braking, sometimes referred to as lead foot syndrome.

The dangers are obvious. Harsh braking, especially on wet or icy roads, can lead to a big rig hydroplaning or jackknifing. These harsh maneuvers also tend to be linked with tailgating, which means a greater risk for a rear-end collision. Besides that, harsh braking can damage metal components in the brakes and cause overheating. Harsh acceleration is known to waste fuel with experts saying that it can cost a fleet some three miles per gallon.

What trucking companies can do

Trucking companies are expected to create a safety-minded culture among its drivers, and one of the ways it can do this is by monitoring for harsh acceleration and braking. To this end, trucking companies can use what are called accelerometers. These devices are now widely available and inexpensive; they can be found even in GPS devices and iPhones.

An accelerometer detects movement, its direction and its force. That force can generate an electrical current, which can then cause the device to send out a report that’s afterwards interpreted by the telematics software. In some devices, this can lead to an instant alert inside the truck.

What you can do after an accident

If the trucker was clearly at fault in your case, then part of the reason may be that the trucking company was not enforcing safety regulations enough. These are the sort of connections that would have to be explored when pursuing a personal injury claim. Doing so can be hard on your own, so you may consider having a lawyer’s advice and guidance.