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According to a report that was published by the Associated Press, truck tires aren’t designed to support excessive speeds. Indeed, reaching speeds that are higher than 75 mph significantly increases the risk of experiencing a road accident. As a truck owner, it’s important that you inform your truck drivers about the possibility that they lose the control of their vehicle if they are driving too fast.
While it’s true that speed limits in a number of states can be up to 85 miles per hour, it’s also true that imposing an 85-mph speed limit to a commercial truck will most likely lead your driver to perpetrate an auto crash.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that about 14,000 road accidents involving commercial trucks took place between 2009 and 2013, and claimed the lives of approximately 16,000 Americans. As you might know, a considerable number of investigations were conducted to determine the origins of those truck accidents, and it was found that tires directly contributed to the occurrence of nearly 200 of them.
Currently, there’s an ongoing debate as for whether commercial trucks and related vehicles should be equipped with devices that would restrict the maximum speed that they can reach. Opponents to the development of such devices have been arguing that tire producers should develop a new generation of tires that would enable large trucks in excess of 75 mph without any risk. After all, non-commercial vehicles are able to handle speeds that are higher than 100 mph.
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