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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.

Trucking industry may save lives with side underride guards

If you are in a rear-end collision with a tractor trailer in Georgia, the rear underride guard should keep your passenger vehicle from sliding underneath it, an event that is often fatal. This is not the only safety feature that is available for large trucks. We at Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, are familiar with many of the ways that the trucking industry may be able to prevent traffic deaths in crashes involving commercial vehicles.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, data from 2015 indicates that 301 people died in side impact collisions with tractor trailers, while 292 were killed in rear-end collisions. The seriousness of the situation has prompted the development of side underride guards that can keep your vehicle from becoming wedged under the trailer in a crash. Tests show that without a guard, your airbags and other safety features are not effective, and the front of your car cannot absorb any of the force. When a mid-size sedan was driven into the side of a trailer at 35 mph during crash tests, most of the vehicle above the hood was leveled from the windshield to the back passenger seating.

How can I help my teen driver stay safe on the road?

If you have a teenager with a driver’s license in Marietta, you probably worry about him or her every time they get behind the wheel. Parents want to keep their kids as safe as possible and when children gain the ability to drive, it can be very scary. It turns out that one of the best ways you can teach your child to be a safe and responsible driver is by modeling good driving behaviors yourself.

According to the Huffington Post, many parents are not setting good examples for their teens. It then becomes difficult to stress how important safe driving is when a child sees his or her parent not sticking to the same of rules he or she is expected to follow.

New study finds drugged driving more dangerous than drunk driving

Any time a person who is impaired by drugs or alcohol gets behind the wheel in Marietta, they are putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. While drunk driving is a pervasive problem in this country and is given much attention by law enforcement and the media, the issue of drugged driving has flown mostly under the radar.

A controversial new study has found that more people who were killed in car accidents in 2015 were on drugs than were under the influence of alcohol. Some are crying foul and calling this conclusion misleading since of those killed, only 57 percent were even tested for drugs. The practice of testing drivers for drugs varies from state to state. Of the people who tested positive for drugs, 9 percent showed amphetamine usage. Marijuana was the most common drug found, showing up on 35 percent of the positive tests.

Why is it important to stay right except to pass?

If you have ever driven on one of Georgia’s many multi-lane highways, you may have observed a driver who stubbornly remained in the left lane despite the fact that the other cars on the road were going much faster. This practice is considered illegal in many states. In Georgia, the law says that cars going slower than the rest of the traffic on the road should keep right. In fact, violation of this law is actually considered a misdemeanor, according to Vox.

You may be under the impression that drivers who speed are the cause of many accidents on the road. However, many accidents actually result from cars traveling at different speeds in different lanes. For example, some highways in Germany have high or no speed limits but have fewer accidents and fatalities because lane maintenance is strictly enforced.

A look at the pros and cons of requiring speed limiters in trucks

The trucking industry is a vital part of the economy for people in Georgia and across the country. Retailers and consumers still heavily rely on trucks to transport goods using the nation’s highways. However, safety is a concern for many who must share the road with these large vehicles, as crashes involving tractor trailers are often extremely serious for smaller cars and trucks.

That is why the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has proposed the installation of speed limiters on certain trucks, according to Trucks.com. However, some believe that the negatives of controlling how fast trucks can travel far outweigh the positives.

New law proposes to curb phone distraction

In order to drive safely in Marietta, drivers should ensure that they are paying attention to the road at all times. However, many people are easily distracted, particularly by their cell phones. Distracted driving can lead to serious accidents and it is a problem that is preventable.

That is why one Georgia lawmaker is supporting a bill that would attach a fine to anyone caught using a cell phone with their hands while they are driving, reports WSBTV. Drivers would still be able to use their phones with a hands-free device. It is already illegal to send text messages while driving but this bill would make any hand-held use illegal. Despite having been proposed in the past, similar bills were unable to pass. This current iteration is headed to the House for vote after successfully passing in committee.

Georgia is among the worst states for traffic deaths

A fatal car accident in Marietta can be devastating. Families of those killed in motor vehicle crashes are often left in deep emotional turmoil, wondering if the crash could have been prevented. Many also find themselves struggling financially after the crash.

It turns out that, compared to many other states, Georgia had a high number of such fatal accidents in 2016. Over 1,500 people were killed in the state last year because of motor vehicle crashes, making it the state with the fourth highest number of fatalities. The state with the highest number was Texas, which saw 3,751 traffic deaths. More than 150 people have reportedly been killed in car accidents in Georgia so far in 2017.

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