Tractor Trailer and Eighteen Wheeler Braking Standards Mean Fewer Wrongful Deaths
The rule which will be phased in over four years is an effort to nudge trucking companies in the direction of more modern braking technolgy. The standard reduces the present stopping distance requirements by 85 feet.
Estimates of the benefit of this change by the NHTSA are savings of 227 lives, 300 serious injuries and more than one hundred sixty nine million dollars in property damage.
This standard does not apply to buses or single-unit trucks.
NHTSA reports that the involvement of large commercial vehicles in fatal crashes has decreased in keeping with overall nation-wide trends. http://www.maryland-law.com/library/maryland-motor-vehicle-death-cases.cfm
In 2008, 4,229 people were killed in large truck crashes an overall reduction of 593 deaths from 2007.