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Federal regulation could limit truck speeds electronically

Texas truck accidents can be more severe when big rigs are traveling at high speeds. Some safety advocates think that posting speed limits is not enough to prevent truck drivers from causing these crashes. A federal rule proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would limit the speeds of commercial trucks electronically.

The truck speed limiter rule was published in August, but the NHTSA says that it usually takes about one year for a rule to become effective. Though the incoming administration's transition team has not commented specifically on the truck speed limiter rule, there is concern from some safety advocates that the new administration will ignore the rule. Trump has made comments about doing away with unnecessary regulations by scrapping two old ones for every new one.

The truck speed limiter rule limits the speeds of new trucks to 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour. Advocates of the rule believe that placing limits on trucks' speeds will save lives by reducing the impact of truck accidents. The American Trucking Associations is in favor of the speed limiter rule, but some independent truckers have voiced opposition to it. They believe that it could cause more traffic jams and rear-end collisions.

Semi truck accidents can cause catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries to people in other vehicles involved in the collision. This is in large part due to the size and weight of these trucks. If it can be determined that the accident was the result of the big rig traveling at excessive speeds, those who have been harmed could find it advisable to seek compensation for their losses through a lawsuit filed against the driver with the assistance of legal counsel.

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