Friday, September 2, 2016

New Rule Would Add Speed Limiting Devices to Trucks to Prevent Accidents and Injury




On August 26, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), proposed a new rule which would require all commercial vehicles with a weight of 26,000 pounds or greater to be equipped with a speed limiting devices on US roads. The devices would be intended to reduce the risk of high speed accidents, avoiding thousands of deaths while also improving fuel economy.
The devices would be required to set maximum speeds in which the heavy duty vehicles could travel, reducing the possibility for high speed crashes while improving fuel efficiency at the same time.
All trucks, buses, and multi-purpose passenger vehicles with gross weights of 26,000 pounds or higher, participating in interstate commerce, would be affected by the new rule. The proposed speeds suggested for the mentioned vehicles would be a maximum of somewhere between 60 and 68 miles per hour.
Despite the fact that large truck accidents have declined over the past ten years, according to the NHTSA, several thousand large truck collision fatalities are still recorded annually. The nature and size of the vehicles creates a tremendous force, resulting in very severe injuries and fatalities.
“This is basic physics,’ said NHTSA Administrator Mark Roseland in a press release “Even small increases in speed have large effects on the force of impact. Setting the speed limit on heavy vehicles makes sense for safety and the environment.”
According to a report by the NHTSA released in May 2016, 3,903 people were killed and an estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. The crash data revealed that 74% of the injuries and fatalities were sustained by the occupants of other vehicles that collided with the large trucks.
“This proposal will save lives while ensuring that our nations fleet of large commercial vehicles operates efficiently,” said T.F. Scott Darling, FMCSA Administrator.
The NHTSA also estimates that equipping the nation’s commercial fleet with speed limiting devices could save an estimated $1.1 billion in fuel costs and millions of gallons of fuel each year, while also reducing emissions.
Under the new rule, the responsibility of installing and maintaining the speed limiting devices would be the responsibility of the operating motor carrier for the service life of the vehicle.
While the proposed rule has gotten praise and support from much of the trucking industry, there has been much backlash also. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) called the rule dangerous.
“The highways are safest when we all travel at the same speed,” said OOIDA Executive Todd Spencer in a press release, “The wisdom has always been true and has not ever changed. No technology can replace the safest thing to put in a truck, which is a well-trained driver.”
Dolman Law Group is a personal injury law firm who has represented the victims of large commercial truck crashes on many occasions. Dolman Law Group is committed to promote safety on our highways. If you or a loved one was injured in a crash involving a commercial vehicle, or if you lost a loved one, speak with one of our truck accident lawyers today. Call 727-222-6922 to arrange a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensatory damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering. If someone was lost in the crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Call today, our attorneys are here to help you recover what you are entitled to.

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St. Petersburg, FL 33712
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