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Trucks Will Soon Be Going Slower

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

California truck drivers may soon face a significant change to the speed that they can travel at due to a proposed regulation issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It would cause trucks to be prevented by a device from exceeding a specified speed limit.

More than 1,000 fatal truck accidents occur around the country on an annual basis. The safety agency and concerned citizens have long supported measures that would cause commercial trucks to go slower. Since these trucks are larger, if an accident does occur, it is more likely that the accident will be serious. The regulation, if enacted, would apply to vehicles that weigh over 26,000 pounds and are newly manufactured. It would put a cap on the maximum speed that the vehicle could travel. The precise limit is yet to be determined

Another way that the number of semi truck accidents could be decreased due to the measure is by preventing tire blowouts. Most truck tires are not designed to operate at speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour. Many states have limits higher than this figure. With a device installed and calibrated, trucks would not be able to exceed the limit Before the proposal becomes final, the public has the opportunity to comment on it.

People who are injured in big rig accidents often face the need for lengthy medical care, during which periods they are unable to earn a living. If it can be determined that such an accident was caused by a truck driver who was speeding or otherwise negligent, a personal injury attorney could be of assistance in seeking compensation for the victim's losses.