Commercial vehicles with speed limiting devices were half as likely to be involved in collisions that involved speeding than trucks without such devices, according to a recent research report conducted by MarineWay Services of Fryeburg, Maine on behalf of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Analysis.
The results were based on an analysis of data compiled from an estimated 138,000 trucks in 20 trucking fleets and studies of more than 15,000 collisions. Of those accidents, an estimated 15 percent were deemed to be relevant to speed limiting devices. The criteria the study used to determine whether an auto accident included: the site of the collision, the timeline of the collision, the kind of collision, and any mitigating factors in the collision, such as inclement weather.
The report also revealed that even when these criteria were abandoned, the overall collision rate was lower for heavy trucks with speed limiters than those without them.
Many safety experts, as well as the Truckload Carriers Association and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend a nationwide law necessitating the use of speed limit controlling devices in heavy trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that speed controlling devices could reduce the number of traffic deaths resulting from truck and bus related collisions.
As a Burlingame car accident attorney, I would love to see the number of all automotive accidents reduced. If you or someone you know has been injured in a traffic collision, please consider hiring a Burlingame personal injury attorney.