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Speeding: a top cause of trucking accidents, P.1

Automobile accidents, including accidents involving large trucks, can occur for a variety of reasons. Certain factors are more prevalent than others, of course, and law enforcement, regulators, and lawmakers work to continually address these issues to make our roadways safer.

Speeding is a common cause of automobile accidents across the board, including truck accidents. Certainly, speeding is a particularly dangerous habit for truck drivers, given the weight they carry and the damage they can cause on impact. In its investigation of truck accidents caused by speeding, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration previously identified several “critical events” which can precipitate a crash in connection with speeding. 

One of these is running out of the lane of travel and running into another lane or off the road. A truck driver who is speeding has less time to make safe decisions about where to maneuver, and this can result in accidents. Another critical event is loss of control of the vehicle. For large trucks, speeding can lead to shifts in the positioning of cargo, failure of vehicle systems, slipping due to rough road conditions, which can all potentially lead to an accident. A third critical event that can occur in connection with speeding is coming up too quickly behind traffic travelling at a lower speed. This, of course, can lead to rear-end collisions when the trucker is unable to slow down or veer away in time.

In our next post, we’ll keep looking at this topic and what one New York lawmaker is suggesting to help address the problem of speeding in truck accidents.  

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