New research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes new speed limits on commercial vehicles. This push comes as a result of NHTSA studies that indicate that reducing speed increases the safety for everyone on the road. One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is speeding.

A study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute in the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute show that reducing truck speed on the road would also lead to a decrease in truck collisions. More than 15,000 crashes were analyzed in this particular study. The most common causes of trucking accidents include:

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Drug use
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Improperly trained drivers
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Inexperienced drivers
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Improperly loaded cargo
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Defective truck equipment
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Aggressive driving
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Alcohol use
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Driver fatigue
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Speeding
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Failing to maintain proper distance
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Unsafe lane changesDefocused blurred motion of semi truck speeding on highway under street signs - Night traffic and transport logistic concept with semitruck container driving on speedway - Bokeh and tilted composition

The purpose of the study was to find supporting evidence for a rule, making it mandatory that speed limits be standardized across commercial vehicles. This would inhibit trucks from being able to go any faster than 68 mph.

Have you or someone you know already been injured in a trucking accident because the driver was speeding? You may have sustained critical injuries that impact your ability to return to work or live your life normally. Talking to a personal injury lawyer in San Francisco can help you figure out your next steps.


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