Truck Speed Accident Prevention

Our truck accident attorneys review cases every week in which large trucks, exceeding the posted speed limits or traveling too fast for conditions, have been responsible for serious injuries and deaths.

Semi Truck Speeding On The Highway At Sunset We have previously blogged concerning the organization, Road Safe America, located here in Atlanta, Georgia, describing the excellent work they do in attempting to make the nation’s highways safer. Road Safe America has been leading a campaign to influence federal transportation officials to promulgate regulations requiring devices on commercial trucks to limit their top speed to 68 mph. Interestingly, the idea is supported by many large trucking companies and opposed by many smaller independent carriers.

Data for the year 2005 revealed that truck accidents involving large trucks and/or tractor trailers killed 5,212 people. Of those, 803 were truck occupants, 3,944 occupants of other vehicles, and 485 pedestrians or bicycle riders.

Steve Owings, founder of Road Safe America, whose son was killed in a big rig accident in 2002, has enlisted the support of the American Trucking Association for his effort to limit the speed of large trucks on the nation’s highways. The proposal has already been approved by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, which advises states on traffic safety issues. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association Board of Directors found the speed limit proposal to be “very reasonable”.

Most independent truckers oppose the idea because it would force them to drive slower. As we have blogged before, in the trucking industry, miles covered equals money earned. Therefore, the incentives are for independent truckers to drive faster speeds to cover more miles in order to earn more money. Road Safe America supports hourly pay for truck drivers as well.

Many of the large tractor trailers on the road today are already equipped with ECM devices which could be easily programmed to act as governors, limiting the speed the big rigs can travel. We feel this is an imminently reasonable proposal, which will more than likely save many lives every year on the highways.


About Michael Sullivan

Michael A. Sullivan is a former federal prosecutor who has more than twenty-five years of experience in sophisticated civil and criminal litigation.

Mr. Sullivan has represented large businesses and individuals in complex cases, many involving fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty. His trial experience over three decades has included white collar criminal cases, civil fraud, business torts, and serious personal injury and death cases. Mr. Sullivan has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year from 2006 to present.

From 1995-98, Mr. Sullivan served under Larry D. Thompson as a federal prosecutor in the Independent Counsel investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which included the prosecution of former Secretary of the Interior James Watt. He also has defended businesses and individuals in white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including financial fraud and tax investigations.  Mr. Sullivan has also conducted internal investigations, and has advised organizations on compliance issues.

In addition to handling a variety of complex civil cases, Mr. Sullivan represents whistleblowers worldwide in qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act, in the IRS Whistleblower Program, and in the new SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs.

Mr. Sullivan has worked with the False Claims Act since the late 1980s and has both defended and prosecuted cases under the False Claims Act.

Since the December 2006 inception of the new IRS Whistleblower Program, Mr. Sullivan has also represented tax whistleblowers in submissions totaling many billions of dollars. He has also worked with the IRS Whistleblower Office staff in presenting programs on best practices in pursuing IRS Whistleblower claims.

In 2009 and again in 2010, Mr. Sullivan was contacted by staff members of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee to discuss how the new SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act should operate. He has also met with the SEC and CFTC Chairmen and senior staff to recommend changes to the proposed rules for SEC and CFTC Whistleblower claims.

In 2014, Mr. Sullivan served as lead counsel to a major international corporation and won an eight-figure jury verdict against defendants who had defrauded the company and breached their fiduciary duties to it.

Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta from 1984-86.