Various groups and agencies are tasked with improving the safety of travelers along the nation’s highways. As a result, there have been many improvements in trucking regulations geared toward reducing the numbers of serious truck accidents. Sadly, with the increased use of commercial vehicles to transport goods, it is likely that there will continue to be serious crashes on Texas interstates.
One group has renewed its calls for restrictor plates to be installed on all semi-trucks. Road Safe America, a highway safety advocacy group, was formed after the founders lost a child in a fatal crash in 2002. The group posted a message on social media sites urging members to contact their congressional representatives and demand that they take action to require speed control devices on all class 8 vehicles. The group argues that passing this requirement would not create an economic hardship on trucking companies since a majority of these vehicles are already equipped with these devices.
The group is asking that all semi-trucks be limited to 65 mph. The social media post included statistics that purportedly show a correlation between this speed and a significant drop in collisions involving tractor-trailers. According to a study conducted in another country, accidents caused by excessive speed by truckers were reduced by an estimated 73% once restrictor plates were required. Fatal crashes involving commercial trucks declined an estimated 24% after the technology was applied.
The group affirms that it supports the trucking industry and that its objective is to increase the safety for all motorists. In 2016, The Department of Transportation issued a proposal that would require speed restrictors to be installed on all vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more. Truck accidents usually result in horrible outcomes for victims. Along with often devastating injuries, victims sustain significant monetary damages from which they may never recover. Those who are injured in these tragic crashes along Texas highways may pursue recovery of their losses through the state’s civil courts.