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Commercial drivers may be forced to slow down

Louisiana truck drivers may soon be traveling at reduced speeds thanks to a regulation that has been proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It would apply to commercial vehicles that are newly manufactured.

The new measure is seeking to lower the number of truck accidents by forcing trucks to adhere to a lower speed limit. This limit may be 68, 65 or 62 miles per hour, and the agencies will decide on the exact number. Regardless of the speed limit that is ordered, drivers would not be able to physically exceed this figure. The measure comes many years after a child in a passenger vehicle was killed in a commercial truck accident involving a speeding truck driver and the parents of the child fought for forced-speed reduction measures. While the family is relieved that the proposal has been made, they have expressed frustration at how long the process has taken.

Each year, more than 1,100 fatal truck accidents occur, and thousands of non-fatal accidents result in serious injuries. However, opponents of the rule are concerned that a forced reduced speed could actually cause more accidents. A spokeswoman for a large commercial truck driver association says that such measures could be harmful since passenger vehicles traveling faster are forced to slow down for the slower commercial trucks.

Due to their sheer size and weight, semi trucks that are operated in negligent manner can cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of smaller passenger cars. A person who has been injured in a collision caused by a speeding truck driver might want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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