It can take a commercial tractor-trailer the distance of a football field to come to a complete stop when traveling at speeds that are currently permitted on U.S. highways. With big rigs taking so much time and distance to stop, the Texas truck accident lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers point out the dangers associated with such a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed become blatantly obvious.
Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that speed was involved in 18 percent of fatal trucking accidents. That’s more than 100 lives lost!
Aside from the amount of time and space that’s needed to stop a large, fast-moving commercial truck, what other dangers does speeding pose to truckers and other motorists? At least one study has shown the tires these vehicles are equipped with may not be designed to withstand high speeds.
An article from McCall explains investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined data from dozens of commercial tractor-trailer crashes. They were able to determine that speeds greater than 75 MPH—the maximum speed truck tires are designed to withstand—likely played a crucial role in causing accidents.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the devastating results a collision with a commercial carrier can have and that’s why our Texas personal injury lawyers wish a speedy recovery to anyone who was injured in such an accident.