Will New Electronic Speed Limiters Make Trucks Safer?

It was a normal evening on Interstate 20 as commuters drove home from work, then a chain reaction crash went off. Four tractor trailers collided with each other and shut down the entire eastbound side of the highway. Now a new federal law seeks to reduce the damage caused by wrecks like this. However, those regulations didn’t come fast enough for two people caught in the middle of this crash.

Can Electronic Speed Limiters Really Save Lives?

A 53-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman were caught in a four truck pile up on I20 in Carrol County. They were driving a silver pickup when an 18-wheeler slammed into and rolled over their vehicle. The tractor-trailer had been struck by another tractor-trailer and continued through the pickup and into a second and third truck. The man and woman caught in the middle did not survive the accident, but maybe they would have if this latest rule from lawmakers had been in effect.

The government wishes to electronically limit the speed of every truck and bus that weighs over 26,000 pounds. The new rule would only affect trucks and buses built after the rule takes effect, and it would limit the vehicles’ speed to either 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour. However, independent truckers are up in arms claiming that this will prevent them from competing with larger shipping companies.

Why Are Truckers Against This New Safety Measure?

Truckers are speaking out against the change while the rule is still up for comment. They claim that the regulation will cause more cars—which will be moving at higher speeds than trucks—to rear-end truckers. They also claim that the regulations will cause traffic jams, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) disagrees.

NHTSA says that 498 lives per year would be saved by limiting all trucks to 60 mph, and it says a limit of 65 mph would save up to 214 lives. The American Trucking Associations also points out that as of 2007 69 percent of all trucking companies already limit their trucks to 69 mph, and that has caused no increase in traffic jams or rear-end collisions.

Do you think an electronic speed limiter will make tractor-trailers safer? Would a limiter have prevented the Carrol County pile up? Do you think truckers have a better point than NHTSA? Our Twitter and Facebook pages are open for you to share your opinions and keep following your Macon truck accident lawyers on this blog for even more info on ways to prevent truck accidents on Georgia highways.



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