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Can hackers hijack trucks and cause accidents?

Technology has long been one of the strongest tools that hackers and other troublemakers have at their disposal. As more and more vehicles add technology such as automated computer systems and even automated driving systems, they become more vulnerable to hackers.

Though long-distance hijacking is not a widespread problem yet, it is certainly a possibility for the future. So how would hackers do it?

An Experiment Proves It's Possible

The electronic systems that are housed within big rigs are not foolproof, and with the right scramble of signals, hackers could potentially take over the big rig and make it do whatever they want.

According to Overdrive, researchers with the University of Michigan conducted an experiment where they plugged into a 2006 tractor's OBD II port. From there they were able to send signals and alter the acceleration, disable brakes, change read-outs from the instrument panel and more.

Theoretically, with the right combination of skill and technology and equipment, a skilled hacker could quickly and easily take over control of large vehicles. One can only imagine the potential for such trucks to be intentionally crashed into other vehicles or buildings.

What Does This Mean For You?

If you were involved in a truck accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. The odds are extremely small that your accident was caused by hackers taking over control of the other vehicle; however, the collision may have been caused by truck driver error, poor truck maintenance or other factors that are not immediately obvious.

An attorney can carefully investigate the facts of your case and uncover any potential negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company. Armed with proof of such negligence, your lawyer can then craft a strong personal injury claim on your behalf. You may possibly deserve compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages.

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