Trucks weighing more than 20,000 pounds may soon be built not to exceed 60 miles per hour if a new rule is passed. While all 3.6 million large trucks in America are fitted with speed limiting devices already, not all of them have any limitations to how fast they can drive. The rule, which was proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is currently in a 60-day comment period. After the comment period ends, it will be determined whether or not the new rule should be implemented.
Not everyone agrees that speed limiting technology is going to be safe. A spokeswoman for the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association said that the rule could increase interactions between large trucks and other cars on the highway. The maximum speed limits being considered are 60, 65 and 68 miles per hour.
Currently, there are five states with speed limits of 80 miles per hour. However, most truck tires are only designed for use up to 75 miles per hour. When trucks go faster than what their tires can handle, they may experience blowouts or other failures that could result in safety issues. In some cases, states were unaware of this issue when they set their speed limits. The NHTSA believes speed limiting technology might solve the problem.
Truck accident victims may suffer serious injuries that could permanently degrade their quality of life. If driver negligence played a role in a crash, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other costs. Examples of negligence include driving while distracted, driving too fast for road conditions or driving while using a cell phone. In the event that a driver was operating an employer vehicle while performing job duties, the employer may also be responsible for damages.