Groups Work to Reduce Trucking Accident Numbers Through Better Speed Regulation

by Keith Adkins

Numerous studies have shown speed to be a leading cause of crashes involving commercial tractor-trailers in the United States. The Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys say these findings have prompted many organizations to call for better regulation of speeding for commercial trucks, yet little is being done to reduce the dangers of large big rigs barreling down the highway.

An article from ABC 4 News says the American Trucking Association (ATA) has taken steps towards better regulation of speed for tractor-trailers by petitioning the government to require every semi-truck to be equipped with a governor—a device that prevents a vehicle from exceeding a certain speed. No action has been taken toward the request though, as lawmakers are considering costs and potential alternatives to the rule.

Many believe that requiring governors on trucks could essentially level the transportation industry’s market by forcing all trucks to travel at the same pace. Still others believe the requirement would do little to curtail the problem, considering 70 percent of commercial tractor-trailers are already equipped with the device.

The ATA has also called for the federal government to reduce speed limits on most highways and interstates across the United States. Again, little to no action has been taken.

So, in the meantime, it’s important for motorists to be aware of the legal rights they should invoke in the event they’re involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer—and speaking with an attorney can help. At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are standing by to assist you with your questions or concerns regarding your truck accident. Fell free to give us a call anytime at (877) 579-6800 to discuss your case.