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Speed limiters on trucks may decrease crash injuries and deaths

In an attempt to lessen the amount collisions on highways in Colorado and across the nation, the government is proposing a regulation on how fast tractor-trailers can travel. The plan would require certain tractor-trailers and buses weighing more than 26,000 pounds to carry an electronic speed-limiting device.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,000 car-truck crash fatalities occurred each year from 2004 to 2013. These fatal accidents happened with heavy trucks traveling on roadways where the speed limit was 55 mph or more.

The agency also observed that if trucks were not allowed to travel more than 60 mph, roughly 500 lives would be spared each year. If truck speeds were regulated to 65 mph, 214 lives would be spared, and at 68 mph, that number would decrease to about 96 lives saved. According to The Associated Press, the majority of large, heavy trucks cannot safely operate when they travel 75 mph or more because this puts too much stress on their tires. Therefore, the proposed regulations could ensure trucks travel at safe speed rates. However, many truckers who oppose the rule said that if it is passed, it will encourage truck companies to hang onto older trucks instead of replacing them because the regulations will only apply to trucks built since the early 1990s.

Victims of truck accidents are likely to suffer severe, life-threatening injuries resulting in huge medical bills and income losses. However, with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, a victim might be able to file a lawsuit and recover those losses.

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