Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles is intimidating, to say the least. If you were recently injured in an accident involving a big rig, you know that the fear is well founded. Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries, and you may be facing a long, difficult recovery.
It may not surprise you to learn that since 2009, the number of fatalities involving large commercial trucks steadily climbed in most states, reaching nearly 36,000 by 2017. Texas far outpaced most other states in the number of deadly truck accidents. Despite the fact that traffic fatalities overall declined in recent years, trucks continue to kill at a higher rate than other vehicles.
The benefits of speed limiters
Speed is a factor in many deadly truck accidents, and countries outside the U.S. who have implemented speed limitations for trucks have seen a marked decline in fatalities. In fact, truck manufacturers that distribute their vehicles internationally have been installing speed limiters in their new models for over 30 years, but no rules in the U.S. require their use.
The recently established rules requiring truckers to take 30 minute rest breaks during their shifts may be another reason why fatal accidents are on the rise in the U.S. Drivers who are paid by the mile may drive faster to put as many miles behind them as possible to make up for the time they lose during their mandated breaks. Without built-in speed control in these trucks, you may be sharing the road with reckless drivers focused more on meeting their quotas than on safety.
Some trucking companies voluntarily implement limits using speed control devices, which prevent the drivers from operating the truck faster than the set speed, typically 65 mph. While you may agree that slowing down the trucks on the road is always a good idea, some disapprove of speed limiting devices, saying a truck restricted to 65 mph may be traveling at speeds dangerously different from the flow of traffic.
However, you may also be aware that other factors often contribute to truck accidents that cause devastation and loss, such as distraction, impairment and fatigue. If you are struggling to get your life back after an accident involving a truck, you may have many questions and concerns. Seeking legal advice may be the first step toward reclaiming your future.