The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are considering a rule that would make speed-limiting devices on many commercial vehicles mandatory. If the rule passes, it could reduce commercial vehicle accidents caused by speeding.
At the moment, the FMCSA and NHTSA are considering speed limits of 60, 65 or 69 miles per hour for vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. This would include buses, dump trucks, tractor trailers and other large vehicles. An NHTSA administrator claims that even small decreases in speed can save lives.
According to estimates from the government, mandatory speed-limiting devices could prevent 27 to 498 fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles every year.
The idea behind this rule is not new, and was first proposed in 2006 by the American Trucking Association. If the rule is adopted, it would go into effect in 2018. The trucking industry and public will spend the next several months commenting on the rule and offering suggestions.
Can This Rule Prevent Commercial Vehicle Accidents?
Truck accident statistics show how this new rule could save lives. An average of 740 fatal accidents involving speeding commercial trucks happen annually. Several types of truck accidents are caused by speeding. When commercial truck drivers speed, they can jackknife, experience rollovers, lose control or fail to stop in time to prevent collisions.
We have all seen the results on the evening news, and some of us, in our personal lives. For those who survive truck accidents, catastrophic injuries may cause permanent disabilities.
The Colorado truck accident attorneys at Metier Law Firm, LLC can help people who have been harmed by negligent commercial drivers.