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Speeding and Truck Accidents

A group of researchers at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago have found that since a federal speed limit of 55MPH was repealed in 1995, US interstates have seen an increase in car accidents and injuries as well as fatalities. Researchers concluded that about 12,545 deaths and 36,582 in truck accidents and car accidents across the nation were attributed to higher speed limits between 1995 and 2005. Researchers suggested that a camera network and lower speed limits would decrease fatalities again. Results of the study were published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Speeding is a serious problem in many traffic accidents; many Florida bicycle accidents, car accidents, and pedestrian accidents are caused at least partly by speeding. However, speeding is an especial concern in Florida trucking accidents. Due to the size of trucks, when trucks drive at an excessive speed and collide, they can produce a lot of force and cause a great deal of damage.

Speeding while driving a truck is dangerous for many reasons:

1) It leaves the truck driver with less time to stop. Trucks require more time than passenger vehicles to slow down and stop, and when drivers speed, there is often no time or space to stop safely. Speeding ensures that drivers cannot respond in a timely fashion.

2) It can make minor obstacles fatal. Any minor obstacles – such as a sudden slippery spot or a pedestrian suddenly in the road – can be dangerous for a truck driver going a safe speed. A speeding truck driver simply cannot adjust his or her driving in time to account for these sudden obstacles.

3) A speeding truck may lose control more easily. A fully loaded truck that is speeding is far more likely to roll over than a truck going at a safe speed. Speeding puts more stress on the entire truck, and may cause mechanical failures that lead to a disastrous accident.

4) A speeding truck can create a wind force that is dangerous on the roads. If a truck is speeding and passes a bicyclists, pedestrian, or motorcycle too closely, the force of the wind and speed can push a bicyclist or pedestrian back and cause injuries.

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