When large commercial trucks exceed the posted speed limit, a single error or instance of inattentiveness can result in a devastating crash. Truck drivers may exceed the speed limit due to the stress of their job. Since these vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 lbs, more should be done to mitigate the risk of speed-related truck accidents.
Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition are urging lawmakers to pass legislation to require all large commercial trucks to be equipped with speed limiters and automatic emergency braking (AEB).
According to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study, large trucks that don’t activate speed limiters have a 200 percent greater chance of being involved in highway speed-related crashes than those that do.
Why should these safety measures be taken?
The pressure to move commercial goods isn’t the only reason truck drivers exceed the speed limit, according to an annual SmartDrive survey. The survey found that speeding truckers are 2.5 times more likely than other road users to be distracted behind the wheel. An inattentive truck driver may be unaware of changes in the speed limit and/or curves in the road that require speed reduction.
The survey also found that, in general, speed is a major factor in truck collisions. Truckers who exceed the speed limit by no more than 10 mph are at a 45 percent greater risk of causing a collision. With speeds over 10 mph, the likelihood increases to 69 percent.
Additionally, speeding truck drivers are more likely to cause a crash for the following reasons:
- Driving without hands on the steering wheel
- Straddling lanes
- Negligently passing or switching lanes
- Dangerously navigating turns and curves
- Backing up unsafely
- Applying brakes unsafely
- Following dangerously behind other vehicles
- Blowing through stop signs and traffic lights
Injured in a speed-related truck accident? Now what?
Being involved in a truck accident can be a traumatizing and life-altering experience. After surviving a crash, you may sustain debilitating injuries that could take months, and possibly years, to recover from. Moreover, the mental and emotional trauma of your crash could stay with you for the rest of your life.
That’s why attorney Coby L. Wooten is dedicated to holding negligent truck drivers accountable for their actions. He knows that these types of accidents are complex, and the insurance companies involved are difficult to deal with. Don’t go it alone. Let attorney Wooten work for you.
Contact him today to schedule your free, no obligation case evaluation.