Can Speed Limiters on Commercial Trucks Reduce Accidents?

Any number of factors can cause serious truck accidents. When drivers are fatigued, that can be a huge problem. So can speeding, which is one of the primary causes of such accidents.

And, according to Trucking Info, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released data last week that shows that speed limiters used on some commercial trucks have indeed reduced the number of truck accidents.

Researchers at the American Transportation Research Institute, among other institutions, collected data from 20 carriers in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The crash rate for trucks with speed limiters installed was lower, with 11 accidents per 100 trucks per year. That compares to 16.4 crashes per 100 vehicles for trucks without the limiters.

As a result of the data, the study team says the findings indicate that the speed limiters provide a “profound safety benefit,” according to Trucking Info. They also say that if there is a downside of speed variations between interacting trucks, those with and without the speed limiters, it is outweighed by the significant safety benefits.

The ATA had apparently asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to mandate the use of speed limiters in commercial trucks several years ago. While that still has not happened, they may be one step closer, with the ATA saying the new data bolsters its argument.

What do you think? Should it be mandated that commercial trucks be equipped with speed limiters?

If you have been injured in a truck accident due to “over the speed limit” driving, contact the Orlando truck accident lawyers from Oldham & Smith today.


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