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New regulation to require electronic stability systems on trucks

There can hardly be anything more terrifying than being involved in a truck crash. Truck accidents seriously injure or kill thousands of people across the country every year, including in Connecticut. The attorneys at Beebe and O’Neil have seen far too many cases of clients whose lives have been forever changed because of a negligent truck driver. We are committed to helping the victims of truck accidents find justice and closure by holding the responsible party liable.

You may already be aware that many truck collisions are caused by sleep-deprived or distracted truck drivers. Other crashes are commonly caused by such factors as speeding, adverse weather or poor road conditions. In many of these instances, an accident was caused because the trucker lost control of the vehicle. According to USA Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has attempted to address this problem with new federal trucking regulations regarding electronic stability control systems. These systems are to be included on all trucks and buses weighing over 26,000 pounds.

The purpose of ESC systems is to stabilize a vehicle’s intended direction in an emergency situation, preventing rollovers and spinouts. Authorities with the NHTSA believe ESC systems will save at least 49 lives and prevent more than 600 serious injuries by preventing 1,700 truck crashes every year. Additionally, truck and bus ESC systems may prevent more than 50 percent of all rollover accidents on U.S. roadways.

It can be hoped that this new rule may make Connecticut roads a little safer for you and your loved ones. For more information on truck accidents, please visit our page by clicking here.

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