Traffic accidents in Marietta can be scary and damaging enough, but crashes that involve large tractor-trailers are often extremely dangerous and sometimes even fatal. Those who are lucky enough to survive such truck accidents are often left with huge medical bills and life-changing injuries.
Driving while fatigued is a known problem that puts many Marietta drivers at risk. However, truckers who suffer from constructive sleep apnea particularly seem to be at a much higher risk of being in accident if they fail to treat their condition. One study found that truckers with sleep apnea are five times more likely to be in a crash when they do not follow a course of treatment, according to Harvard University.
Autonomous driving technology is readying to take over as many of the world’s largest car makers look to incorporate self-driving vehicles into their lineups in the next few years. Given the financial and safety benefits that are expected to come from these types of motor vehicles, it should come as no surprise that the trucking industry is also interested in adopting autonomous driving features too. That is why some manufacturers are preparing to invest in self-driving trucks as well as cars. In fact, according to Trucks.com, it is anticipated by 2035, 60,000 new trucks with driverless technology could be on the road in Georgia and throughout the country.
While legislators frequently attempt to place restrictions on truckers and their employers that would make drivers in Georgia safer, the trucking companies and they lobbyists they hire seem to be working to prevent potentially impactful changes from being implemented. So while some positive strides have been in recent years to keep people safer when sharing the road with trucks, there is a lot of room for improvement.
A crash last year on Interstate 16 has prompted lawmakers to propose a bill that would put tougher restrictions on how fast trucks can travel on Georgia highways. Currently, any vehicle caught going more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit is subject to Super Speeder penalties, which consistent of a fine of $200 on top of any fines associated with the traffic ticket. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the new legislation proposes to make truckers driving 100,000 pound commercial vehicles "Super Speeders" at only 10 miles per hour above the speed limit. The threshold for cars and other non-commercial vehicles would not change.
Truck drivers and trucking companies are required to comply with numerous state and federal regulations. These rules are in place to keep everyone on the road safe. However, they can only be effective if people comply with them.
Commercial vehicles are a common sight on Georgia roads and highways. We depend on these trucks to transport the goods we need across the country. However, there are risks associated with the trucking industry of which we should be aware.
When a truck is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle, the end result can be devastating. The size difference alone puts the people in the smaller vehicle at a disadvantage.
Accidents involving large commercial-sized vehicles often have catastrophic results for the victims who are involved. People can suffer permanent, life-changing injuries; in too many cases, the injuries prove to be fatal.
Commercial-sized vehicles can be intimidating on the road. They are very large and take longer to speed up and slow down. Further, it can be a little unnerving to pass them or drive alongside them because it can be difficult to know whether the trucker can see other vehicles or if they are in a blind spot.