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Could speed limiters on trucks help prevent accidents?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2023 | Auto Accident |

Large trucks are a common sight on Florida’s roads and highways, and an accident with one of these trucks could cause you serious injuries. These injuries can have a severe impact on your life, causing you to miss work, fall into medical debt and reduce your quality of life.

There are many causes of truck accidents, and one of the most common causes is speeding. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that speeding was one of the most frequent truck driver violations in 2021, resulting in over 63,000 violations.

What are speed limiters?

Speed limiters are a proposed idea to combat this problem. Speed limiters are devices that limit a truck’s speed using electronic sensors. After a truck reaches a certain speed, the devices the sensors prevent the truck from going faster.

There is some debate over whether speed limiters are a good idea to help prevent truck accidents.

Arguments for speed limiters

Those in favor of speed limiters argue that slower moving trucks on the road will result in less truck accident fatalities and/or major injuries. Speed limiters could also reduce the number of speeding violations and help law enforcement accurately monitor speed.

Additionally, speed limiters may result in less fuel consumption, which helps the environment.

Arguments against speed limiters

Those who are against speed limiters argue that slower trucks on the roads might cause more aggressive driving from other vehicles and increased traffic congestion. Slow moving trucks are often a cause of traffic backups and contribute to overall driver impatience.

Other drivers might veer around trucks or engage in risky behavior to get around the trucks. Thus, there is a potential that speed limiters could increase the number of accidents and reduce overall road safety.

If you are in an accident involving a large truck, you should look to see if speeding or another form of trucker negligence caused the accident. A personal injury claim to recover compensation requires proving negligence, so it is important to understand what negligence involves.



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