Due to their size and weight, truckers must play by a different set of rules than motorists. Truckers who are driving too fast and who misjudge their speeds may be unable to slow down and avoid colliding with motorists. Unfortunately, many truckers do not take the size of their vehicles into account and will often drive too fast. Speeding is the leading cause of an accident involving an 18-wheeler. Driver distraction is the second most common cause.

New Rules In Place

The good news is that truckers will now be forced to slow down. The NHTSA and the FMCSA will force motorists to slow down by requiring that big-rigs install speed limiters. Truckers will now be capped at 68 mph.

Controversies Surrounding The Decision

There are some who do not agree with the decision. The common argument against it is that the speed limiters will create their own safety concerns. Some truckers were concerned that the speed limits would create dangerous speed differentials, which would cause log-jams and block cars from passing. However, research has not demonstrated that this would be the case.

If you are involved in an accident, it is important that you understand the new rules regarding the maximum speed of truckers. If the trucker who caused the accident found a way to bypass these restrictions, you may have a stronger case.

Why You Need An Attorney in Texas

The first thing you should do after receiving a medical check-up is to contact a trucking accident attorney. The truck driver has a duty of care to ensure that he or she drives in a safe manner that minimizes the risk of an accident. It must also be established that the truck driver was negligent and that this negligence was what lead to the accident.

In this case, the truck driver was violating state regulations, which, combined with other forms of evidence, will likely lead to a judgment in your favor. You may be able to self-represent, but without the help of an attorney, you may not be able to gain access to the driver’s logbook, drug tests, CDL test results and criminal background. All of these factors can play a role in you receiving a more substantial judgment.