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Truckers Causing Accidents Due to Driving At Speeds Their Tires Cannot Handle
Many of us have witnessed truckers driving on highways at speeds well above 75 to 80 mph. These excessive speeds are unsafe for most motorists, let alone truckers. In addition to the obvious dangers presented by trucks moving at these fast speeds, there is a hidden danger as well – coming from the truck’s tires. Most truck tries are designed for a maximum sustained speed of 70 mph. Driving a tire faster than this rated speed is recipe for disaster.
Fast Truck Driving – Recipe For Disaster
Excessive speed has been linked to many, if not most, truck accidents nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between the years of 2009 and 2013, there were more than 14,000 truck and bus accidents in the United States, resulting in more than 16,000 fatalities. Approximately 200 of these truck and bus related collisions involved a tire failure factor.
The trucking industry complains that in some cases tire blowouts are linked to manufacturing problems, citing a high volume of cases with certain tire brands and models. However, the NHTSA has conducted experiments that clearly show that each of these instances (particularly concerning certain Michelin tires) most likely involved some sort of “driver error.” In other words, truckers in the accidents were pushing the tires on their trucks beyond the tires’ speed rating.
Some advocates of the trucking industry have argued that the problem is larger than “driver error,” as evident by the fact that some states even currently have speed limits of 75 mph or higher (some parts of Texas allow a speed limit of 85 mph). However, the fact remains that just because the law allows travel at a specific speed limit, it does not mean that it is safe for everyone, especially truck drivers, to drive at that speed. A responsible truck driver should know the limit that his or her truck tire can tolerate and not drive above that limit.
Call an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney In New Jersey
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a truck accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you need to make it a priority to look for an experienced truck accident attorney who will work hard to help you seek the damages from the parties responsible for your injuries. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey truck accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.