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Agencies seek to put speed caps on large vehicles

California drivers may be interested in learning about a proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would impose a limit on how fast buses, trucks and other large vehicles can travel. In order to accomplish this, all new U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds would have their speeds electronically capped at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour.

Before the rule can be put into place, the government agencies must take public comment for 60 days. Once this period of time passes, the final speed limit cap must be determined. According to the agencies, implementing the speed cap would have a minimal cost because most of the trucks in the U.S. already have devices that limit their speed already installed. Additionally, most truck tires are not designed to go faster than 75 miles per hour. Tires that are traveling at faster speeds are at risk for blowing out and causing a serious crash.

A spokesperson for the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association stated that the speed limiters could cause dangerous interactions on the highway, especially if faster vehicles have to slow down suddenly for trucks. This could potentially increase the likelihood of a truck accident on the highway.

If a person suffers serious injuries after becoming involved in a truck accident, a personal injury attorney may potentially help. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, the attorney may assist in gathering all of the evidence associated with the case, such as the person's medical bills, the police report and any witness statements that were taken at the scene of the accident. In some cases, a victim may be able to file a lawsuit against both the driver of the truck and his or her employer.

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