Large truck crashes killed 4,102 people in 2017 with 17% being truck occupants and 68% being occupants of other vehicles. Georgia residents should know that this number represents a 28% increase when compared to 2009 statistics. Many of these fatal crashes are rear-end collisions, which is why many truck safety advocates are pushing for a mandate that all large trucks have a crash avoidance and mitigation system installed.
It has been known for a long time that people who drive semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles in Georgia may be at a high risk of experiencing fatigue when behind the wheel. Driving any vehicle while you are tired can increase the risk of getting into an accident, and this is certainly true when operating an extremely large and heavy truck. The tragedy that can result from a single truck accident is something that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration focuses on preventing when developing its rules for truckers.
Driving a larger commercial vehicle is no easy feat. There are a ton of things drivers must keep in mind, especially when it comes to the safety of other motorists. Fortunately, it is possible for truckers to greatly lower the risk of an accident, provided they take the right steps. Smart-Trucking.com explains some of these steps and how they prevent a serious issue from occurring.
People in Marietta likely realize the importance of being able to rely on semi-trucks to deliver cargo and freight across the country. Yet their role in the national economy does not minimize the danger that such vehicles can pose to others on the road around them. Their massive size may all but ensure that any accident they might be involved in produces catastrophic results. The hope is that not only are those driving them trained to the highest of industry safety standards, but also that they take the responsibility of keeping their vehicles under the complete control very seriously.
As the economy thrives, you may see commercial trucks lining Georgia roads at all hours of the day and night. The trucking industry is responsible for millions of tons of goods crisscrossing the country each year. They transport everything from sneakers and lumber to salsa and home goods. At Sams, Larkin, Huff and Balli, LLP, our team often represents clients catastrophically injured in a crash with a big rig due to distracted driving.
Most of the time, you would not be trying to prove that you were injured when you bring a civil suit in Georgia. Most injuries are often relatively easy to establish. This area of the law is much more frequently concerned with the topic of who is to blame for your injuries. At Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, in Marietta, we stand by our clients' sides to make sure that the court knows who bears the real responsibility.
When cars and commercial trucks collide in Georgia, the people in the smaller vehicles typically find themselves on the losing end, and if they are lucky enough to live through these crashes, they often end up facing serious injuries and hardships. While even the most careful and conscientious truck drivers pose a threat to the public simply due to the size and weight of their trucks, those who use drugs or alcohol on the job pose a particularly substantial danger.
Large trucks can be dangerous to encounter in any type of traffic, but they are especially hazardous on freeways and interstates, where speed, distractions, visibility and weather can play a part in endangering the lives of Georgia residents. Drivers may not realize the extreme danger trucks can pose when they pull over at the side of the road in an emergency or to assist someone else.
Residents who live in Georgia should have the right to feel safe when sharing the road or highway with a large commercial vehicle. They deserve to know that truckers are properly trained on how to safely operate their rigs. Part of this safe operation includes knowing when to take a break to avoid becoming fatigued while driving.
Businesses, communities and individuals in Marietta often utilize certain materials that, regardless of the apparent mundaneness of the tasks they support, would technically qualify as being hazardous. Thus, the need for such materials to accessible means that they must also be transportable. Yet transporting hazardous materials can be a dangerous job, as evidenced by the statistics shared by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that show that over 20,000 incidents related to the transport of these materials happened in 2018 alone (causing over $70 million in damage). Of those nearly 650 were due to accidents that occurred simply during the storage of materials in transit.