Do you suffer a twinge of anxiety if you have a big rig alongside, behind or ahead of you as you navigate the busy California highways? That is quite natural, considering the size and weight difference between your vehicle and an 18-wheeler or a tanker truck. Collisions between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks invariably end in catastrophic injuries or death.
Can limiting the speed of commercial trucks prevent accidents? Safety groups hope so. Most commercial trucks are equipped with a switch that limits how fast they can go. This technology has been in place for more than a decade, but lawmakers have been hesitant to require that this shift be activated, although this type of action has been supported by safety groups as well as the American Trucking Association (ATA).