March 29, 2012

New Study Reveals Benefits of Limited Truck Speed

by Levin & Perconti

Earlier today, TruckingInfo.com released a news report detailing a new study that has been unveiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration highlighting the safety benefits of using technology to electronically govern and limit the top speed of large commercial vehicles. The study, which included evidence found by the experts at the American Transportation Institute and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, revealed that “multiple analyses indicated a profound safety benefit for trucks equipped with an active speed limiter.”

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that study was composed of data gathered from 20 different trucking carriers through the calendar years of 2007, 2008 and 2009. In trucks that carried speed limiters, researchers noted a significantly less crash rate than those without the speed limiters. Statistics to confirm this finding found 16.4 versus 11 crashes per 100 trucks per year.

Additional aspects of the study reveal that “domain research on the potential downside of speed deviations among vehicles that could occur due to the interaction of speed limiter-equipped vehicles and those without speed limiters seems to be far outweighed by the significant safety benefits associated with a reduction in absolute speed afforded by speed limiters.”

A Chicago truck accident attorney at our firm read that six years ago, the American Trucking Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate the use of speed limiters on all large commercial vehicles manufactured since 1992. The President of the American Trucking Association confirmed that “this study strengthens ATA’s case and we call on both agencies to swiftly move forward with rule-makings to ensure that these devices are required on as many trucks as possible.”

Promising studies, such as the one previously mentioned, help shed light on the continued safety measures being implemented for large commercial vehicles. Studies have continued to show the devastating effects of speeding semi trucks, as well as, the risk of increased speed limits for large trucks. A recent study completed in 2009 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that over 12,500 deaths resulted in an increase in speed limits throughout the United States between 1995 and 2005.

The life-altering effects of large commercial vehicles accident can take a toll on the accident victims and their families. If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent truck driver, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages incurred. Please contact our experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation.