Truck Speed Limiter Proposal in Limbo Under Trump Administration

Since the new administration moved into the White House, many changes have been made including a de-emphasis on federal regulations and the enforcement powers of regulatory agencies. This meant that many new regulations still in the proposal stage were no longer pursued, one of which may have removed extra protections for drivers. Specifically, the proposal to require speed limiters on all commercial vehicles was taken off the agenda for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Speeding Trucks are Dangerous

Speeding can be a serious problem in the trucking industry. Truck drivers are under pressure to adhere to strict schedules and they can often increase profits if they make deliveries faster. In addition, when drivers finish their shifts for the week, they are often in a hurry to return home to their loved ones.

Commercial drivers spend many hours on the road and may believe that they are more experienced or capable drivers than non-professional drivers. For all of these reasons, truck drivers often succumb to the temptation to drive at excessive speeds.

The problem is that semi-trucks and other 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be difficult to slow down or stop – even if they are traveling at legal speeds. When a truck driver is speeding, they may not be able to avoid an obstacle in the road or traffic that has stopped in front of them. When a heavy truck crashes into a smaller car at high speeds, devastating and even fatal injuries can result.

Speed Limiters

Some major trucking companies in the United States have already installed speed limiters on the trucks in their fleets. These devices prevent a truck driver from traveling at high speeds – often above 65 miles per hour. These companies claim that limiters promote safety and the FMCSA and NHTSA proposed a new rule in 2016 to mandate speed limiters on all new commercial vehicles. That rule, however, looks like it will not go into effect and the speed of many truck drivers will remain unchecked.

If you are injured by a speeding truck driver, you can hold the driver (and possibly their employer) liable for your injuries if you can provide evidence that they were traveling at unlawful or unsafe speeds. Such evidence can include:

  • Witness reports
  • Data from the truck’s “black box”
  • Records of delivery times and miles traveled

Investigating and proving the cause of a truck accident can be highly technical and complicated, so you want a law firm on your side that has the necessary resources to prove your claim.

A Knowledgeable Truck Accident Attorney Can Protect Your Rights

Because truck accidents often result in severe injuries, the losses experienced by victims can be extensive. With so much at stake, you want to seek help from a personal injury lawyer who has specific experience handling truck accident cases. If you have been injured, please contact our office today to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.