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Correlation Between Excessive Speeds and Truck Accidents

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Updated November 28, 2018 | Truck Accidents |


Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that about 14,000 roadway accidents involving large commercial trucks took place between 2009 and 2013, claiming the lives of approximately 16,000 Americans. A considerable number of investigations were conducted to determine the origins of those truck accidents, and one of the findings was surprising: Tires directly contributed to the occurrence of nearly 200 of the reported accidents.

Truck Tires Can Fail at Excessive Speeds

The tires of large commercial trucks are not designed to support excessive speeds. While speed limits in some states can go as high as 85 mph, reaching speeds higher than 75 mph significantly increases the risk of experiencing a road accident. If truck drivers go too fast, they can lose control of the vehicle.

Restricting Truck Speeds

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 to drive in excess of 75 mph without any risk.

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

Truck accidents are different from other automobile accidents, and it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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