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Large truck crashes

As many citizens of Louisiana may already know, large trucks can be hazardous to motorists in smaller vehicles. From 2009 to 2007, big rig crashes claimed 35,882 lives. This increase comes even though the number of miles driven by these trucks has decreased.

There are many factors that contribute to this problem, according to safety advocates. Researchers with Road Safe America say that most states with the worst big rig fatality rates have max speed limits of 70 mph. This is often too high for vehicles that can reach a weight of 80,000 pounds easy. Big rigs need a much longer distance than smaller vehicles to come to a complete stop.

Another factor contributing to this problem is that the United States doesn't require drivers of large trucks to use automatic emergency braking or speed limiters of any kind. Researchers say that embracing speed limiters could also help fleets save fuel costs, improving the bottom line.

Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration worked on a proposal that aimed at making American roads safer. The proposal wanted to fit heavy-duty vehicles with speed limiters and set a maximum for these limiters. However, the proposal fell through and wasn't put into action.

While most commercial truck drivers are safe, some have a tendency to speed or drive while fatigued. Such negligence could lead to a catastrophic accident. Someone who has been hurt in such a crash could reach out to a professional lawyer who can advise them on their legal options. By filing a claim, the victim could get compensation for damages.

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