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NHTSA Proposes Rule Requiring Speed Limiters on Heavy Vehicles

A press release1 issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 26th indicates that the agency is proposing a new rule to equipping heavy vehicles with speed limiters. The rule would apply to newly manufactured trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds. Currently, limiters that would set these vehicles’ maximum speed at 68, 65, and 60 miles per hour, but the agency indicated that it would also consider other speeds as well.

The Rule Would Only Apply to Newly Manufactured Vehicles

While the proposed rule is being hailed as a step in the right direction by many safety advocates, some are concerned that it does not go far enough to protect the safety of motorists. According to a report2 published in the Chicago Tribune, Steven Owings, an Atlanta-based financial advisor whose non-profit Roadsafe America3 issued its first petition regarding speed limiters in 2006, was quoted as saying that “We are dismayed and outraged to learn the proposed rule will be for newly manufactured trucks and will not apply to the millions of trucks with which we continue to share the roads today.”

People Injured by Speeding Trucks Can Often Recover Compensation

Fortunately for victims of accidents that are caused by speeding trucks, they are often legally entitled to compensation for their losses. Some examples of the kinds of damages that are often successfully pursued after a truck accident include medical expenses, lost income, property damage, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. After a truck accident, victims should speak to an attorney to learn more about their legal options. Some of the ways in which a lawyer can help include the following:

  • Analyze your case and determine whether you have a claim
  • Speak to insurance company representatives on your behalf
  • Negotiate a settlement4 with the insurance company handling your case
  • File a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for your accident

To speak with one of the Alpharetta truck accident lawyers of Boling Rice LLC, call our office today at 770-355-0780 or send us an email through our online contact form.

1 http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-large-vehicles-speed-limiters-08262016

2 http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-truck-bus-speed-limit-20160829-story.html

3 http://roadsafeamerica.org/

4 https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/settlement

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