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Trucks may have to go slower soon

New York commercial truck drivers may soon be affected by a federal regulation that is being proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The regulation would affect the maximum speeds at which commercial vehicles can be driven.

The proposed rule would enable the federal government to force commercial trucks to travel at a slower rate of speed. Currently, 14 states have speed limits that exceed the speed that tire manufacturers state commercial vehicle tires can handle. These manufacturers state that traveling at speeds over 75 miles per hour can cause tire blowouts which may cause more big rig accidents to occur. The new rule would allow the government to force the commercial vehicles to not be able to exceed a certain speed limit such as 68, 65 or 60 miles per hour. The final decision regarding the preferred speed has not yet been made and is subject to public comments.

The measure is being proposed to help prevent truck accidents. There are thousands of truck accidents that occur every year that result in serious injuries. Additionally, more than 1,100 fatal accidents happen every year. Some opponents argue against the use of the mandatory lower speed limits as they believe that causing trucks to suddenly go slower may be dangerous to the occupants of other vehicles behind them.

Truck accidents can be highly dangerous to people in other vehicles who are involved in them. The injuries that are sustained can be serious and require extensive medical treatment. If the accident has been caused by a negligent truck driver, a personal injury attorney could assist a victim in seeking appropriate compensation.

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