Two U.S. senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would electronically limit the maximum speed of large truck to 65 mph – a move they say will help prevent devastating truck accidents and save a number of lives on the nation’s highways. According to an Associated Press news report, Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have introduced the measure saying it would replace a proposed Department of Transportation regulation that has been stalled for more than 10 years.
Regulation May Save Lives
Even though a majority of big rigs on U.S. roadways have built-in speed-limiting software, it is not always used. Most other countries already have this in place to cap truck speeds. This particular bill will also circumvent the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT), which has put off action on the proposed rule indefinitely as part of backing away from all regulations in industry, which the president says slows down the economy.
When the regulation was first proposed, the DOT stated that limiting large truck speeds to 65 mph would save 63 to 214 lives per year. There are about 1,115 fatal crashes each year involving big rigs on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher, the bill’s sponsors said. If this is approved, all new trucks will be required to have their speed limiters activated. It would also be required on existing trucks, which are equipped with this technology, but it would not have to be retrofitted on trucks that don’t have the technology.
While highway safety advocates support this measure, trucking industry groups have come out against it saying that it would create dangerous speed differentials between trucks and cars and may potentially lead to traffic jams and crashes. The bill has been named after Cullum Owings of Atlanta who was killed by a speeding tractor-trailer during a trip back to college in Virginia in 2002. His father, Steve Owings, co-founded the group Road Safe America, and has been lobbying to get a regulation in place.
Speeding Can Be Deadly
A number of studies over the years have consistently shown that excessive speeding in cars, trucks or SUVs etc. can result in deadly accidents. The damage and magnitude of a crash is even greater when it involves a large truck because of its size and weight. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), truck-braking capability can be a major factor in truck accidents. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20 to 40 percent farther than cars to stop and the discrepancy increases on wet and slippery roads or when a truck has brakes that have not been properly maintained.
When a truck driver travels at a high rate of speed, he is unable to stop in time to avoid a devastating rear-end crash. High-speed truck accidents may also result in “underride” scenarios where a smaller vehicle slides under the truck’s trailer. These types of truck accidents result in devastating head and spinal injuries. High-speed truck accidents, whether they are head-on, rear-end or underride crashes, often cause catastrophic or fatal injuries and almost always affect the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Contacting an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
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