A truck accident attorney notes that a federal proposal seeks to forcibly limit the speed that big rigs, buses and other large vehicles can travel on highways throughout the United States. Thousands of fatal large truck accidents occur each year, and this proposal could potentially help prevent accidents that happen when truck tires blow out due to excessive travel speeds. When fault on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies results in injury or death, victims may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a trucking accident lawyer.
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Higher Speeds Could Lead to Increased Risk of Tire Blowouts and Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are proposing to cap the maximum speed that heavy vehicles can travel through the use of speed limiters. According to CBS News, under the proposal, all trucks, buses and other vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds would be required to use these devices, which physically prevent a vehicle from exceeding a set speed. The limit that would apply remains undetermined, although regulators are considering caps ranging from 60 to 68 miles per hour.
This measure could address a few common causes of serious large truck accidents. As the Associated Press reported in 2015, speed limits in 14 states allow trucks to travel at or above the highest speed for which their tires are rated, which may increase the risk of tire blowouts. Furthermore, high travel speeds may be a factor in many deadly truck crashes, since accidents tend to be more severe at higher speeds. Each year, thousands of fatal truck crashes reportedly occur. Supporters hope this measure could lead to a reduction of these needless accidents.
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a semi-truck accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in a truck accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Scarring and disfigurement
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
People who have been injured in a truck accident are advised to seek the advice of an experienced truck injury lawyer to help them protect their legal rights.
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For more information, or if you want to speak with a truck accident attorney, contact the Johnson firm today. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].
After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.