Illinois Truck Safety Advocates Debate Speed Limit Changes

A Chicago truck accident lawyer is just one of many people who continually advocate for efforts to improve the safety of area roads and highways. However, there remains much disagreement among those involved about the best ways to maximize safety on these roadways.

For example, St. Louis Today recently published a story that discusses the recent debate around raising the speed limit for trucks on some parts of Illinois roadways. The Illinois State Senate recently approved a bill that would increase trucking speed limits to 65 miles per hour (up from 55 miles per hour) on a few stretches of highway, specifically I-270 and I-255. In total, the legislation would increase the speed on 307 miles of roadway in the state.

While the American Trucking Association is in favor of the proposal, Illinois Department of Transportation officials are adamantly against the effort. IDOT employees explain that the data from other states shows clearly that increasing the speed of these trucks comes with an increase in truck accidents, injuries, and death.

The director of traffic safety for IDOT summarized his concerns: “The impact of a truck hitting another vehicle is over 30 percent greater when traveling 65 miles an hour compared to 55 miles an hour. Trucks traveling at 65 miles an hour will cause more injuries, crashes, and deaths.”

He went on to point out that our neighboring state to the south, Missouri, saw truck deaths rise from 97 to 167 within a single year following their raising of truck speed limits.

Our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that it is vital to listen to the experience of our traffic accident specialists. There is no reason to make changes to speed limits that will do nothing more than cause increased accidents, injuries, and suffering. Be sure to contact your local state representative and urge that they prioritize road safety.

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