Traffic experts and accident attorneys already know that speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are a significant factor in car and truck crash fatalities.
Nonetheless, our Arkansas injury and accident attorneys applaud the national push backed by the American trucking industry to cap big rig speeds.
The issue of truck accident prevention and speed limits received increased media attention in recent months as several states nationwide are considering increasing highway speed limits. The problem with this move, according to trucking industry leaders, is that most big rigs are not equipped to go more than about 75 miles per hour. Truck tire blowouts are of particular concern when big rigs travel at higher speeds.
“Raising speed limits at the state level is a bad idea,” a spokesman for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) told CBS News in a recent segment about this issue. “Between 65 and 75 miles per hour operating speed, the stopping distance is significantly different.”
Despite the fact that roughly 70 percent of trucking companies limit the speed at which their drivers can go, the ATA is among the trucking-industry groups that want to even further monitor truckers for speed control. One way to do that, according to the ATA, might be to install electronic highway monitoring devices aimed at nabbing truckers who ignore safe driving speeds.
If you were seriously injured in an Arkansas accident that involved a truck, the Little Rock-area car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar can help. You can contact one of our injury attorneys online through this website or call our offices directly to schedule your free accident attorney lawsuit consultation: (888) 220-7068.