Both the Truck Safety Coalition and Road Safe American have joined forces to reduce trucking accidents in Arizona and across the United States. The safety groups sent a letter to Congress to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would require automatic emergency braking systems and speed limiters to be installed and used on all heavy-duty trucks. The groups say that they have been trying for 12 years to get the measures passed.
The coalition used recent data from a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study to support their case. The study showed that trucks that didn't use speed limiters increased their risk getting into an accident by 200 percent. Additionally, data has also shown that automatic emergency braking systems could prevent an estimated 2,500 accidents annually.
Data from the Department of Transportation shows that there is an average of 1,000 crashes every day that involve big trucks. The safety coalition believes that if their suggestions are made into law, it would help reduce accidents, keep roadways clear and increase productivity for truckers as well as commuters. The American Trucking Alliance has also voiced support for the measures if all vehicles have a speed limit of 65 miles per hour. Past studies have shown that accidents are reduced when all vehicles travel at similar speeds.
When traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, it takes 512 feet for a heavy-duty truck to stop. When truckers drive faster than 55 miles per hour, it can take up to four times this amount for their rigs to stop. Drivers have the responsibility to travel at safe speeds and pay attention to the road. When they don't, and an accident occurs, they may have behaved negligently. A lawyer may be able to help a person injured in a motor vehicle accident receive medical and compensatory damages following an accident with a heavy-duty truck that was speeding.