U.S. Proposes Regulations to Force Truckers to Drive Slower on Our Highways
While any accident caused by a truck driver can result in serious injuries, one involving a speeding truck can result in the victims suffering more devastating trauma or dying. Speeding is never safe for any motorist, but it's especially dangerous for truck drivers to speed on the highway where the force of the impact and the faster speed creates conditions for a catastrophic crash.
Recognizing this danger, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing a new regulation that would forcibly limit how fast a truck, bus, or other large commercial vehicle can travel on the highways.
How New Regulations Would Prevent Truck Drivers From Speeding
Federal regulators hope that forcing truckers to slow down will save over 1,000 lives annually. In addition, it would help solve the problem of some states allowing trucks to travel at speeds higher than what the truck tires are designed to handle.
Here’s how the new regulations aim to reduce truck speeds:
- The regulation would apply to vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds.
- Regulators are still considering whether to limit the speed limit that trucks can travel to 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour.
- Newly-made trucks would be equipped with a device that electronically caps the speed that the truck could travel—preventing the truck driver from going any faster.
- Existing trucks wouldn't be required to have these speed-capping devices. NHTSA says retrofitting older trucks is costly, as the price for the devices is between $100 and $2,000 per truck.
This rule could affect truck drivers driving on Idaho highways. On many of our interstates, the speed limit for trucks is 70 miles per hour.
Until a rule such as this regulation is implemented, some truckers will continue to speed, and possibly engage in other unsafe driving practices. Were you or a family member injured in a truck accident? Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with Alan Morton to learn about your legal options.
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