Federal Proposal May Result in Speed Limiters on Large Commercial VehiclesBy Stewart J. Guss on July 15th, 2017
With Houston growing in population each year, the number of trucks on roads and highways will likely increase along with possible crashes due to speeding. The need for on-time deliveries by 18-wheelers and smaller delivery trucks has officials around the region concerned about traffic violations and the safety of Houston’s residents. Truck drivers working longer and longer shifts have also led to greater risks on the road. In light of this important challenge, it is critical for Houstonians to better understand the steps to protect themselves and passengers after a crash with a speeding truck driver.
Feds Claim Limiters Would Increase Safety on Our Roadways
In highlighting the problem, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has even proposed installing “speed limiters” to cap maximum truck speeds for larger commercial trucks. The proposal would apply to vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more and cap maximum speed at 60, 65 and 65 miles per hour. Trucks operating commercial vehicles on roads and highways would be responsible for maintaining the speed limiting devices life of the vehicle under the rule.
While the maximum set travel speed will be determined in the final proposal, research shows that limiting heavy vehicles will save lives. Though local agencies will have input on alternative speeds, the broader proposal emphasizes the unique challenge these vehicles present. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx mentioned that the speed limiters would serve a number of purposes including:
- Saving lives
- $1 Billion in Cost Savings Each Year
- Enhancements to Energy Conservation and the Environment
- Universal Standards for all Newly Manufactured U.S. Trucks, Buses, and Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles
Call A Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Truck Accident!
Automobile accidents with commercial vehicles and trucks are at an all-time high in Houston and around the country. The outcomes of these crashes have the potential to upturn the lives of innocent people. The broader trend throughout the country and in the city of Houston suggests that individuals will need to do more without direct guidance from their government officials. Make sure you protect yourself and your family by consulting with the appropriate legal provider in your area.
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