The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about their proposed rule that could equip heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit speed. In combination with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), this rule could require large commercial trucks, buses and other vehicles with gross vehicle weights more than 26,000 pounds to be manufactured with speed limiting devices. Not only could this proposed rule save lives on U.S. roadways, it could also decrease fuel costs and emissions nationwide. At this time, the proposal is being discussed with limiting speeds to 60, 65 and 68 miles per hour.
Large Truck Crash Statistics
- In 2014, 3,903 people were killed in large truck crashes across the country.
- An estimated 111,000 people were injured in truck crashes in 2014.
- In 2014, 73 percent of people killed in crashes involving large trucks were occupants in other vehicles.
- In California, there were 281 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2014.
- In 2014, California had the second-highest number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes, after Texas.
Speed Limiting Devices on Large Trucks
The NHTSA estimates that the speed limiting devices could save more than $1.1 billion in fuel every year. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind was quick to point out that even small increases in speed can greatly affect the force of impact in collisions involving large commercial vehicles. Ultimately, this rule is being proposed to save lives on U.S. roadways. The NHTSA is encouraging the general public to submit their comments and concerns about the proposed rule at www.regulations.gov.
Truck Accidents in San Diego
Truck accidents can leave victims in the hospital or worse. Crashes involving large trucks and smaller passenger occupant vehicles are often devastating for drivers and passengers. Even at relatively slow speeds, the aftermath of a truck accident can be catastrophic. You could be out of work for an extended period of time, while your medical bills are piling up. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a semi-truck accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.