Tractor-trailers and other large trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much
as passenger vehicles and are significantly taller, which can allow smaller
vehicles to slide underneath trucks in crashes. As a result, San Diego
crashes involving large trucks often lead to very serious injuries for
the occupants of the smaller vehicles. In 2014, more than 100,000 people
were injured in large truck crashes in 2014. A total of 3,660 people died.
To help deter serious truck collisions, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) recently proposed a
new rule that would require heavy-duty vehicles to be equipped with devices
that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways. The rationale is that limiting the speed of these heavy
vehicles would reduce the severity of crashes involving these vehicles
and reduce the resulting fatalities and injuries.
Under the proposed rule, all newly manufactured U.S. trucks, buses, and
multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more
than 26,000 pounds must come equipped with speed limiting devices. The
proposal does not establish a specific maximum speed, but notes the benefits
of setting the maximum speed at 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour. According
to the agencies, limiting the speed of heavy vehicles to 60 mph would
save 162 to 498 lives annually, limiting the speed of heavy vehicles to
65 mph would save 63 to 214 lives annually, and limiting the speed of
heavy vehicles to 68 mph would save 27 to 96 lives annually.
“This is basic physics,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.
“Even small increases in speed have large effects on the force of
impact. Setting the speed limit on heavy vehicles makes sense for safety
and the environment.”
Large trucks can inflict serious harm on a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or
driver of a smaller vehicle. Common injuries include spinal cord injuries,
traumatic brain injury, bone fractures, lacerations, and internal organ
injuries, all of which can require long and costly recoveries. If negligence
is to blame for the crash, an experienced San Diego injury attorney can
help victims obtain compensation for their losses and put them in the
best position to move on with their lives.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a California
truck crash, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to obtain the compensation
that injury victims deserve.