The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking into whether the use limiters to cap the top speeds of tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks would decrease truck accident fatalities and serious injuries.
According to a recent article on Autoblog, proponents of installing governors on trucks say that trucks with the devices can stop more quickly, reducing the likelihood and severity of accidents. This would also improve fuel economy of the trucks.
Those who oppose say that limiting how fast a truck goes may be dangerous if it cannot adequately pass a vehicle because of those limitations. All traffic flowing together at the same speed is safer, according to opponents.
The DOT has been working on a proposal that would require trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds to use speed governors, although it has not yet settled on an actual speed limit. The American Trucking Association has previously suggested a governor speed of 68 mph.
While many trucking companies already fit their vehicles with governors, they are not obligated to do so.
Regardless of whether new speed limiter requirements are passed, it’s clear that trucking accidents can be very dangerous and result in death or catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis, internal injuries and more.
Truck drivers and the trucking companies that employ them must make safe driving a priority, and truckers should always drive at a safe and reasonable speed even if their rigs are capable of going faster.
The Indiana truck accident attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in trucking accidents. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.