Speed Limit Changes for Arkansas Commercial Trucks in 2015
Speeding is one of the leading causes of preventable accidents in the trucking industry. Despite the risks, the Arkansas truck accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton say lawmakers in our state are moving to allow commercial vehicles to travel faster than ever before.
In 1996, Arkansas lawmakers adopted a set of regulations that would establish lower speed limits for large commercial trucks, as compared to those for smaller, private vehicles. Since that time, the speed limits along many Arkansas roadways has been 65 mph for truck drivers, while other motorists were allowed to travel at up to 70 mph.
That all changed on March 11 when the Arkansas Highway Commission approved a measure established a single speed limit for all vehicles on the road. According to Landline, speed limit signs along many of Arkansas’ roadways have already been changed.
Arkansas isn’t the only state where the speed of commercial trucks is in question. Federal authorities announced several weeks ago they would support recommendations for all commercial trucks to be equipped with speed-limiting governors. Now, truck drivers are arguing the creating speed differentials between a tractor-trailer and a private vehicle creates more of an accident risk than simply letting all vehicles travel at the same speeds.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we’ve seen the devastating results a speed-related accident can have, which is why our Arkansas personal injury attorneys are hopeful lawmakers can determine the best way to reduce speeding and keep all motorists safe.