In Texas, semi-trucks can be no longer than 59 feet, including the trailer. In many motorists’ minds, this is plenty long enough. As a state with some of the heaviest truck traffic in the country, Texas highways are already dominated by huge 18-wheelers.
The last few years have been record-setting years for vehicle recalls. Most notably, the Takata airbag recall has affected over 100 million vehicles.
Samsung has made headlines recently, and not in a good way. The Korean technology company was recently forced to recall its entire line of Note7 smartphones after widespread reports of the phones overheating, melting, and even bursting into flames.
Drive down any highway, and you are likely to see what some people call “road gators.” These are strips of tire treads reminiscent of the back of an alligator — hence the name road gator.
If you have a long commute, or you just drive on the highway a lot, you probably get annoyed at a truck driver every now and then. No matter how courteous and professional a truck driver is, there is no getting around the fact that semi-trucks are large vehicles that take up a great deal of space on the road. They are also tall and boxy, which makes it tough to see around them.
In August, a truck driver who was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of six people, and serious injuries to six others, was charged with vehicular homicide.
Could speed-limiting technology reduce the number of serious and deadly semi-truck crashes in Dallas and elsewhere in the United States? That’s what federal regulators have proposed.