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Could Speed Limiters on Trucks Save Lives?

Our Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys Discuss the Effectiveness of Speed Limiters

Over the summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposal that would mandate speed limiters on commercial trucks. The proposal suggests that instituting a rule limiting the speed of trucks to 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour.  Before the proposal is adopted and a final number set, however, the proposal will go through a review process.  Thus far, it has already completed the public comment period.  Our truck accident attorneys have found that highway safety advocates worry that the new administration may not take action on the speed limiter proposal.

At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, our South Florida 18 wheeler accident lawyers have witnessed firsthand the devastation that a speeding truck can inflict on a smaller passenger motor vehicle. We help truck accident victims seek the financial compensation they are entitled to from the at fault trucker that caused their injuries.  Our firm knows that a serious injury can greatly impact your life and livelihood. We seek to help you achieve financial compensation to mitigate these losses.

Speed Limiters Could Prevent Fatalities

Speed limiters can be installed on heavy trucks, and are already being installed in newer vehicles.  These devices will set a speed cap, not allowing the truck to exceed this rate.  Safety advocates say that speed limiters could help save lives, and their support for this theory lies in simple physics.  The faster a truck is going, the more damage it can inflict.  By slowing down heavy commercial trucks, the incidence of serious or fatal truck accidents should diminish.  Even further, speed limiters would take care of a known problem in the industry—trucks traveling too fast for their tires.  A study released last year found that most truck tires cannot handle speeds over 75 miles per hour, yet many trucks can currently go up to 80 miles per hour.

The trucking industry takes a different stance. They urge that speed limiters could actually create conditions for more accidents.  They argue that trucks and cars traveling at different speeds could create conditions for accidents and fast moving cars could hit the rear of tractor trailers.

With the period for comments now over, the agencies must review over 2,200 comments. Some fear that the upcoming change in administration could lead to setting the proposal aside.  After all, speed limiters were first proposed back in 2006.  The NHTSA has stated that it is typical for the regulation process to take a year from the first proposal.  Time will tell whether speed limiters are enacted for all trucks in the coming years.  Regardless ultimately of whether limiters become commonplace, it is important that drivers be on alert when traveling near trucks and maintain a safe distance.

Contact the South Florida Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

Safety regulations are an important part of protecting travelers from the potential dangers of large trucks. Speed limiters are one potential avenue for preventing fatal truck accidents.  If you are injured in a truck accident, contact the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case.  Our Miami based law firm offers a client-centered approach to our valued cases, assisting you every step along the road to recovery.  We have the honor of receiving an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and were named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald.  Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation.  You can also contact us online.


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