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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.

Large verdict handed down for truck accident survivor

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.

Untreated sleep apnea puts truckers at higher risk of crashing

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.

Trucking companies looking to embrace self-driving technology

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.

Efforts to loosen restrictions on truckers make roads less safe

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.

Proposed law would further limit truck speeds

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.

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