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Commercial trucks and the dangers of speeding

On Behalf of | May 21, 2021 | Truck Accidents

Speeding in Connecticut is dangerous in all types of vehicles, but it can be especially so in trucks. Big rigs need more room to come to a stop, and their size also means that they can do more damage than cars or smaller trucks.

Drawbacks of speeding for truck drivers

Unfortunately, some truck drivers may believe that speeding is justified in their situation. They may see it as a more efficient way of doing their job, but in fact, when their speed goes above 60 miles per hour, their fuel efficiency begins to drop. Speeding is also harder on tires and can cause them to wear out more quickly. For these reasons, speeding is not actually a money-saving strategy.

Speeding dangers

Of course, the larger issue is the danger of speeding. During 2020, overall driving was down, but motor vehicle accident rates increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, several metropolitan areas had an increase in speeding of 22%. In fact, the year over year increase in traffic deaths was the highest in 96 years, since the National Safety Council began tracking this statistic. It is believed that this increase in speed and the increase in accidents may be linked, and as a result, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is focusing on the dangers of speeding for its July safety blitz, Operation Safe Driver.

When truck drivers exceed the speed limit, they put the drivers and passengers of other vehicles in danger as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. When a truck driver’s speeding causes an accident, both the driver and the driver’s company could be held liable for costs related to injury and vehicle damage. An attorney may be able to help injured individuals get this compensation.

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