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Truckers tampering with safety devices that regulate speed

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 6th, 2014

“Cutting”  corners on safety rises to a new level as truckers disengage safety devices with “Safety Pass Pro”

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A major part of this truck lawyer blog is to write about the new advances in technology, and how these promising advances can make the highways safer. For example, we recently wrote a blog about a new device designed to prevent texting while driving, which acts as an ignition lock and prevents a semi-truck from even starting unless a cell phone is mounted in the docking device.

The advances in safety technology over the past several years have been encouraging. I am an  attorney who has helped literally hundreds of people by fighting against dangerous truck and bus companies, but I consider myself a safety advocate first.

There’s another common theme that readers of this blog also see –  a far more somber one.  All of the safety and all of the technology in the world will not prevent serious truck accidents where unsafe trucking companies or unsafe truckers cut corners on safety and value profit at the expense of the safety.

I recently came across this ABC 7 story, out of Illinois, involving a deadly truck semi-truck accident. A truck driver was hauling his load, when a speeding, second truck driver lost control and veered into his oncoming traffic lane.

Sadly, the innocent, law-abiding truck driver was killed instantly.

Beyond the obvious tragedy of this story, there was another factor that stood out as part of the ABC 7 story.

There are trucking companies that do the right thing and equip semi-trucks with a speed regulation device called the “Governor” to  prevent the truck from accelerating over a maximum speed.

Remember – truckers are generally paid by the mile and traveling as many miles as possible often means a bigger paycheck. Accordingly, some equip their semi-trucks with devices that counteract these Governors so they can still speed.

One of these devices is called the “Safety Pass Pro.” The device itself flies in the face of legislators, truck accident lawyers who fight for those who were injured, and safety advocates. The “Safety Pass Pro” is meant to fool the governor by manipulating the data that is sent to the truck’s black box.

The result: Truckers can dupe the speed Governor with the Safety Pass Pro and drive as fast as they please.


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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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