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Agencies considering speed limiting devices for large trucks

When Texans are involved in accidents with large trucks or buses, the risks of being seriously injured or dying are much higher. The large sizes and heavy weights of these vehicles make it more difficult for them to slow down in order to avoid accidents. Because of the risks involved with commercial buses and trucks, the federal government is working to mandate the installation of devices that would prevent the drivers from ever exceeding the speed limit.

Federal regulators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are considering capping the speed of these vehicles somewhere between 60 and 68 miles per hour. The proposed rule changes are currently open for comment from the public and are not yet final.

The agencies believe that capping the speeds of large trucks could significantly reduce the average of 1,115 deaths that occur in commercial vehicle accidents each year in the U.S. In 2015, the Associated Press found that the speed limits in 14 states are higher than or equal to the speeds at which truck tires are designed to handle. Most truck tires are not meant to handle speeds any higher than 75 miles per hour.

People who are seriously injured in a semi-truck crash that was caused by a speeding or distracted truck driver may be forced to spend lengthy periods of time in the hospital receiving treatment, during which they are unable to return to work. They may want to have the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking compensation for their losses.

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