${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Free Case Consultations 312-380-5467 Northwest Suburbs 847-380-3309
Toll-Free 866-264-7639
Free Case Consultations 312-380-5467 Northwest Suburbs 847-380-3309
Toll-Free 866-264-7639

NHTSA Wants Rollover Protection on all Large Trucks

Heavy trucks present a problem for motorists nationwide; their sheer size makes them much more dangerous than passenger vehicles in the event of an accident. In addition, commercial trucks' large size makes them more like to be involved in rollover accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has long been searching for a way to prevent these accidents from happening. Now, it thinks it may have found a solution in new electronic stability control systems. The NHSTA's research shows that making stability control systems mandatory could save 49 to 60 each year.

The technology is designed to prevent drivers from losing control of their vehicles. By adjusting engine torque and selectively applying the brakes, it can ward off rollover crashes by keeping all 18 wheels on the ground and stopping trailers from swinging.

The science behind the technology is sound, and the NHTSA is certain it would go a long way toward eliminating the fatalities caused by truck rollover accidents. However, truck manufacturers don't agree; they argue that stability control systems are unnecessary and worry that a mandate would be too expensive. To that end, manufacturers have taken legal action to either stop or delay the NHTSA's mandate.

At the present moment, it's difficult to say who will come out on top, but the DOT rarely allows an opportunity to make safety devices standard to slip by them. In the 1970s, seatbelts and car seats for infants were considered to be "accessories" and people were not required to use them. That quickly changed when it could be proven that these devices saved lives. Hopefully, the same thing will happen with electronic stability control systems.

Source: The Detroit News, "Truck makers push back on U.S. rollover-technology," Jeff Plungis, July 26, 2012.

For more information on rollover accidents, please visit our Chicago Rollover Accidents page.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Let's Get Started Today

Call 312-380-5467 or fill out our short E-mail form for a FREE case consultation where we’ll review your case details and determine the best course of action to take.

Email Us
  • The Chicago Bar Association Founded 1874
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability
  • ITLA Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Avvo Ration 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2014 Personal Injury

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.

Protecting your rights.

Call us at 312-380-5467 to get started. Or fill out this quick form and we’ll contact you.

Unable to come to our office? No problem! We help clients everyday via phone & email for your convenience.

Klest Injury Law Firm

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy