While the use of trucks to transport goods from one location to another undeniably makes life easier for most residents of the St. Louis, Missouri area, their use is not without some risk. Motor vehicles involving trucks often result in catastrophic injuries to individuals occupying smaller automobiles. It is possible that the occupants of a truck could be seriously hurt as well. According to the Department of Transportation, approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur each year. While there are multiple reasons why something like this could occur, the speed of a truck is often to blame. Because of this efforts are regularly made on multiple fronts to make truck driving on roads throughout the nation.
A recent effort focuses on limiting the speed at which these vehicles travel. The Department of Transportation’s “Report of Significant Rule-making” indicates that Electronic Control Modules might be required on trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds, beginning in the fall of this year. Though it is unclear what speed these ECMs would limit truck to, it is know that they would only be used on roads where the speed posted was a minimum of 55 mph.
Whether it is speed or something else that causes a motor vehicle accident to occur, it is important for individuals injured in a truck crash to realize that they may be able to obtain compensation for the harm inflicted as a result of a crash. This also pertains to those who lost a family member in a crash. For the best result it is generally best to file a claim in a timely manner with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
Source: Claims Journal, "Fed to Require Speed Limiters on Trucks," Gary Wickert, May 1, 2014