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Will speed limiters make roads safer for Pennsylvania drivers?

As Pennsylvania readers know, large trucks play a critical role in the American economy. These are large, heavy vehicles used for the transportation of various types of goods, but they can be dangerous, too. Because of their large size and weight, semitrailers can cause significant damage when they collide with smaller cars or trucks. 

There are many reasons why truck accidents happen, and many of them are preventable. In fact, speed and reckless operation of a semitrailer is one of the leading causes of these types of collisions. Consequently, various groups have been trying to get Congress to pass laws that will limit truck speeds through specific types of devices. The belief is that these measures will make the roads safer for everyone.

Will reducing speed help?

Two groups, Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition, are working diligently to present Congress with data, statistics and other information that will prove that mandating lower speeds will reduce the number of vehicle accidents, particularly fatal truck accidents. The following facts may help you understand what these groups hope to accomplish and what this may mean for you as a Pennsylvania motorist:

  • These safety-focused groups want Congress to make the installation and use of speed limiters in all types of heavy-duty trucks mandatory.
  • They are also pushing for the installation of automatic emergency braking systems.
  • Reports indicates that the chance of a serious accident increases by 200 percent when truck drivers do not use speed limiters.

These groups have been working for more than a decade to have federal laws in place that will reduce the overall speeds that trucks can travel. They hope the new Congress will be cooperative. No matter what laws are in place or not, truck drivers are always responsible for making safe decisions behind the wheel.

Victims of truck accidents

Truck accidents often result in serious damage and personal injury, even if the accident happened at a low rate of speed. If the reckless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company are to blame for what happened to you, you have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim. 

You may find it beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case as soon as possible after an accident. Insurance companies and trucking companies do not have your best interests in mind, but you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone.

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