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Common causes of truck driver exhaustion

Everyday workers are not the only types of individuals in Georgia who suffer from exhaustion while driving; truckers are also known to operate their vehicles while not completely alert. Long shifts are typically the first to blame in such situations, but is there another exhaustion factor at play?

Of course, accidents are the main concern when it comes to driving while tired. CVN News announced a safe driver event currently taking place in Georgia to help spread awareness of cautious driving practices. An annual traffic enforcement initiative, the Safe Driver Week focuses on identifying unsafe driving practices with the hopes of reducing the number of accidents on the road. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance sponsors the event that also extends its reach to large trucks and buses. During this week specifically, motor carrier compliance officers will pay special attention to drivers who are texting, driving fatigued, distracted or aggressive -- and will not hesitate to issue citations to drivers.

Distracted driving accounts for 80 percent of crashes

Distracted driving in Georgia and throughout the U.S. has been in the spotlight for several years, and most drivers are aware that cellphone use while driving creates a hazard. Many states have banned texting while driving, and Georgia is one of them. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the state bans texting among all drivers, as well as cellphone use by teen drivers. 

Distractions cause 80 percent of the accidents on American roads, and drivers involved in these crashes were all participating in distracting activities within three seconds of the accident. During a one-year period, researchers tracked the drivers of 100 vehicles. In that year, there were 241 drivers of these cars and together, they logged a total of two million miles. During the same period, these drivers engaged in more than 42,000 hours of distracting activities. This group had 82 accidents, along with 761 near-misses. There are another 8,296 "critical incidents."

Eating behind the wheel is a form of distracted driving

When you think about drivers in Marietta who are distracted, you probably automatically think about cell phones and other electronic devies as being the cause. However, food and drink are also huge sources of distraction behind the wheel. At Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, we know how serious crashes caused by distracted drivers can be.

Anything that takes your eyes off of the road for even a second can be considered a distraction. According to Decide to Drive, your chances of being in an accident go up 80 percent if you are eating while driving. While no food is a safe bet, certain types of foods are especially dangerous to consume while driving. Things that make your hands dirty or sticky, like doughnuts, fried chicken or candy, pose a major risk. Hot items like coffee and soup are also a bad idea.

What can I do to stay safe when driving near large trucks?

Anyone who has been on the road in Marietta next to a giant 18-wheel tractor-trailer knows how scary it can be. Trucks are much larger and much heavier than your passenger vehicle and it can be intimidating knowing that the odds are stacked against you should an accident occur. Here are some tips for handling yourself when you are forced to share the road with trucks.

While large vehicles typically have many mirrors so that the driver can see, visibility is always going to be better on the side the driver is on. Therefore, Edmunds recommends always passing trucks on the left. Doing so will ensure that the driver sees you and knows you are there. If he or she tries to change lanes and you are not visible on the right side, disaster may result.

What are some safety tips for older drivers?

The ability to drive is extremely important for many people in Marietta. However, as you get older, you may experience physical and cognitive changes that make driving more of a challenge. Many people are able to continue driving well into their seventies and eighties if they take a few precautionary measures. Here are some tips to keep you safe on the road as you age.

Distracted driving is a problem for drivers of all ages. In order to avoid having to take your eyes off of the road while you are driving, the Mayo Clinic recommends planning your itinerary before you leave the house. By putting the address into your phone or GPS ahead of time, you will not have to fiddle with them while you are behind the wheel.

Harsher penalties recommended for speeders to cut traffic deaths

If you have ever been driving on one of Georgia's many highways and seen a car come blazing past you going well over the speed limit, you know how dangerous fast drivers can be. Yet, many drivers choose to ignore the law and put themselves and others on the road in danger. At Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, we understand that a motor vehicle crash has huge consequences for those who are injured, as well as for their families.

A new study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board has led the agency to recommend more stringent penalties for speeding drivers, according to Curbed. Statistics show that an equal number of fatal accidents are caused by those who are speeding and those who are under the influence of alcohol.

Atlanta crash claims the life of young college student

Anytime that a life is lost in a car accident in Marietta is a tragedy. The grief and suffering that the family and friends of victims feel may be compounded even further if it is subsequently discovered that another’s negligence contributed to the accident. If and when such discoveries are made, it may be understandable why those most affected by such a tragedy choose to seek compensation.

A young woman described as being “beautiful both on the inside and outside” was recently killed in an accident in Atlanta. The popular college student was traveling in a vehicle with a friend when the car spun out of control and wrecked. The other woman, who was driving the vehicle, also suffered injuries according to the victim’s family. Law enforcement officials reported that alcohol did play a factor in the crash, and that the driver was indeed arrested and charged with vehicular homicide as well as driving under the influence.

Safety measure to limit truck speeds now at risk

Millions of vehicles traverse Georgia’s highways each year, forcing trucks and cars to travel alongside each other. Crashes caused by trucks are often extremely serious, and sometimes deadly, due to the fact that they are so much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles.

A federal regulation has been in the works for the past few years that would require trucks to have speed-limiters installed in order to prevent such deadly accidents. The rule had support from both industry associations and federal agencies. In addition to preventing fatal accidents, it was also anticipated to save billions of dollars each year in fuel costs and the costs of road deaths. Other nations in the world already have such rules in place.

GA scores low overall on safety report but high in road safety

Losing a loved one in a motor vehilce accident in Marietta may be the hardest thing that some people ever have to cope with. Even after the grief subsides, knowing that the crash may have been preventable can be extremely difficult for you and your family to live with. At Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, we know how heavy a toll car accidents can take on people’s lives.

A new study has taken a look at how each state fares when it comes to issues of safety and preventable deaths, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Researchers examined fatalities across four different categories:

  • Workplace safety
  • Safety in the home
  • Community safety
  • Road safety

Many injured after crash involving tractor-trailer

People who live in Marietta may often find themselves on the highway and sharing the road with large vehicles, such as trucks. When accidents occur and these big, heavy trucks are involved, the outcome can often be much more serious compared to crashes with smaller cars. Recovery from a truck crash is often lengthy and expensive.

A recent crash in Lawrenceville, Georgia has left 17 injured after the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to stop after traffic in front of him came to a halt. The victims included adults and children. Eight vehicles were reportedly involved in the pileup. While some of the injured were treated at the scene, others were taken to area hospitals. It is not known how serious the injuries victims received were or whether everyone is expected to make a full recovery.

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