How speed limiters could reduce large truck crashes

Between 2009 and 2017, 35,882 people died in large truck crashes. All but six states saw an increase in these fatalities. Ohio drivers who are wondering what can be done about this trend might be interested to hear from Road Safe America. The highway safety non-profit studied the above federal data and found some interesting details.

The five states that saw the highest number of truck deaths in 2017 were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Those that saw the greatest jump in the percentage of truck deaths were Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Texas and Nevada. Most of these states put the speed limit at 70 mph or more for commercial trucks, which Road Safe America considers unsafe. Large trucks have a longer stopping distance than other vehicles.

As a result, the non-profit is advocating speed limiters on all commercial trucks and encouraging fleet owners to set them at a 65 mph maximum. It is also in favor of automatic emergency braking. This device can alert drivers to stationary or slow-moving objects and apply the brakes when drivers fail to react in time.

Many companies already use speed limiters, which have been built into big rigs since the 1990s. Unlike other countries, the U.S. does not mandate them. A 2016 proposal to do just that, though supported by NHTSA and the FMCSA, has fallen through.

Even when commercial vehicle accidents do not result in fatalities, they can leave the passengers of motor vehicles dealing with catastrophic injuries. Though they may be partially to blame for the accident, victims can still file a personal injury claim but may benefit from speaking with an experienced attorney.

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