The potential for car accidents has existed since cars were first invented. However, as technology has advanced, the number of ways that accidents can happen has increased significantly. Now in 2017, new technology has made it theoretically possible for hackers to potentially take control of large trucks on the road.

The Problem

Overdrive reports that in a study conducted on a 2006 tractor’s OBD II port, researchers discovered that by “sending digital signals” within a truck’s internal network, it was possible to trigger acceleration, disable brakes and more. This means that truckers can essentially become powerless in regard to controlling their vehicles.

So far, no accidents have been reported due to hacking, but it may only be a matter of time. If a remedy for this problem is not found soon, the roads could become unsafe for not only truck drivers, but for all drivers.

Potential Solutions

Because this is an emerging technological issue, is will likely take quite a bit of research to discover a remedy that will protect truck networks from interference. However, for the time being, it may be wise to consider taking steps such as these:

  • Internet Security – If your vehicle has a system that uses the internet, be sure to check with the company to inquire about how security breaches are handled. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may want to think twice about using this internet system.
  • Third-Party Devices – Connecting third-party devices of any kind to your vehicle’s system may compromise the integrity of your system. Be sure to research this before you have anything new installed.
  • Maintenance And Inspection – If you have a car with an internet system, the internet is literally part of your car. Be sure to keep up with maintenance, security updates, etc.

Analyzing Accidents

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a truck accident, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney in your area for advice and advocacy. A lawyer will be able to conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of your collision.

The odds are high that it wasn’t due to a hacker taking control of the other vehicle, but a careful investigation may show that the other driver was intoxicated, or speeding, or that that he or she was negligent in some other way. In such a case, you can pursue personal injury compensation.