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Truck drivers may face lower speed limits

Drivers in Illinois and throughout the country might notice large trucks going more slowly on highways if a proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is enacted. Under the proposal, the speed of vehicles that are newly built and weight more than 26,000 pounds will be limited to 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour.

The concept was originally proposed by the nonprofit group Roadsafe America. There will be a 60-day period of public comment before the agencies decide whether to enact the proposal or not. The government says it will reduce the more than 1,100 fatal accidents annually involving trucks, but one group, the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association, remains opposed. It has expressed concerne that different speeds for different vehicles on the highway might increase the possibility of an accident.

However, the Associated Press reported in 2015 that a number of states have upper speed limits that are higher than the safe limit for truck tires. Above 75 miles per hour, some tires are more vulnerable to failure or blowouts. States tended to set higher speeds without being aware of the tire problem.

Even if the regulation is enacted, it is unlikely to eliminate all crashes involving trucks. Due to the size of these vehicles, these types of accidents can be devastating. A person facing a long recovery period and lost income might also find out that the insurance company is offering little in the way of compensation. Therefore, a person who is injured in a truck accident might want to speak to an attorney to see about the advisability of filing a personal injury lawsuit.

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