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Do Speed Governors help Prevent Truck Accidents?

Speed governors are devices on certain types of vehicles that are programmed to limit the maximum speed at which the vehicle may travel. In recent years, many commercial trucking companies have begun using speed governors on the trucks in their fleets to limit drivers speeding. However, much controversy surrounds these devices and whether they actually prevent accidents or not. If you have been injured in an accident with a truck that was speeding, an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney can help you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Commercial trucking companies initiated the use of speed governors largely in recognition of how dangerous a speeding truck may be. While it seems logical that restricting commercial truck drivers from speeding will actually work to prevent accidents, some parties disagree that this is actually the case.

Some truck drivers believe that companies set the speed governors too low—less than the speed limit of other non-commercial traffic. Some parties believe that having to travel below the speed of the flow of other traffic actually increases the risk of collisions. Some drivers have figured out how to disable speed governors as a result.

Additionally, companies have designed products, such as the SafetyPass Pro, that allow drivers to “fool” the speed governor. These products allow the truck driver to travel as fast as he wishes without that speed ever registering on the black box of a vehicle. Such devices can be very dangerous, especially when trying to hold truck drivers accountable for accidents caused by speeding.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have been involved in a truck accident caused by a speed governor, you may not be able to readily identify the true cause of the accident. Fortunately, an experienced truck accident lawyer has the resources to conduct a full investigation of the truck, including any speed governors, to see whether the speed governor played a role in the accident. If you have suffered injuries in a commercial truck accident, please call (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free consultation with the Law Offices of Shane Smith today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia