Accidents involving trucks result mostly in serious and life threatening consequences for the accident opponents. But the truck driver himself often sustains serious injuries. For this reason, self and partner protection must be taken into consideration when looking at truck safety, as well. Only in this way, the accident occurrence involving trucks can be addressed in its entirety. Here active safety is coming more and more into focus, as can be seen from the developments in the field of driver assistance systems, for instance. But it is also necessary to keep analyzing the range of passive safety and to bring this into discussion because there are still some unresolved issues in this area, like the compatibility issue, for example.