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Speed Limiters Considered As Requirement for Large Trucks to Reduce Serious Accidents

As of recently, a number of trucking companies have been attempting to find ways to prevent truck accidents from happening on Illinois roadways and throughout the country. Our Illinois truck accident lawyers read that these companies are specifically targeting speeding, a very common, yet preventable cause of semi truck and tractor-trailer accidents. To reduce speeding, truck companies have begun installing “speed limiters” on their commercial vehicles.

A speed limiter is used to prevent a vehicle from exceeding a predetermined maximum speed, usually about 65 miles per hour for trucks. While some are skeptical about the efficiency of the speed limiter, a recent study completed by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that the device really does work. The purpose of the study was to identify and assess the impacts of implementing speed limiters in large commercial vehicles. This was done through focusing on truck accidents that could have been avoided with an active speed limiter installed. The study’s sample consisted of data from 963 accidents that were collected across 24 site locations in 17 states. Results showed that trucks equipped with speed limiters were 50% less likely to be an accident than trucks that did not use the devices.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Trucking Association (ATA) both strongly support the use of speed limiters. This support, in addition to positive research and investigation results, has led many safety advocates to strengthen their calls for a nationwide speed limiter requirement. The NHTSA has recently stated that it would grant petitions from ATA and Road Safe America to require manufacturers to install devices that would limit heavy truck speeds to 68 miles per hour.

Though many truck drivers drive attentively and professionally on Illinois roadways, others, including those who speed, are considered negligent and are often held accountable for causing serious accidents and personal injury to those involved. Speed limiters may be proven to decrease the number of truck accidents on roadways; however, accidents do continue to happen as a result of truck driver negligence.

Those who have been injured an accident due to a negligent truck driver have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. Our Illinois truck accident attorneys represent those who have suffered personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as the result of a trucking accident. We are prepared to inform you of your rights and ultimately offer you the resources you need to seek legal action. If you or a loved one has suffered injury from an accident due to a negligent motorist, please contact our Illinois accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti to learn about what compensation may be available to you.