Truck accidents can have a significant, and immediate, impact on those involved. If someone is hurt or killed, their family, as well as the others involved in the incident, all have to live with what happened.
Industrial trucking traffic in rural areas in Georgia could increase traffic fatalities. A study of trucking accidents in the sparsely populated area of the Bakken Formation where trucks haul large amounts of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing wells to disposal sites showed an 8% rise in truck accident deaths on the roads near the wells.
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of three types of sleep apnea, the disorder that causes individuals to stop breathing periodically during sleep. OSA happens to be the most common type among truckers, an estimated 35% of whom suffer from sleep apnea. Georgia residents should know that if left undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can lead to diabetes, stroke and heart attack.
Drivers have to share the roads in Georgia with large commercial trucks. Most truck drivers do their jobs responsibly, but terrible accidents can occur when truckers act recklessly. A large study of two-vehicle accidents involving trucks by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that speeding and brake failures were the leading reasons behind crashes caused by truck drivers.
A new study has ranked the professions that experience the most sleep deprivation. Inadequate rest is considered to be less than seven hours of sleep per night. Commercial truckers in Georgia should know that the transport and material moving industry was ranked in the bottom four.
Due to the massive weight differences, Georgia truck crashes tend to be more dangerous than accidents involving regular passenger vehicles. An 18-wheeler can be as heavy as 80,000 pounds while passenger vehicles have an average weight of only 4,000 pounds. Being aware of the most common reasons behind trucking accidents can help all drivers stay safe and avoid potentially catastrophic incidents.
Truckers in Georgia may benefit from safety technology like forward collision warning and mitigation systems. In fact, truck safety groups say these can help prevent or mitigate thousands of rear-end accidents, which are among the most devastating types of crashes that can ever occur between a large truck and passenger vehicle.
Override crashes involve a specific type of crash between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer where the passenger vehicle rams under the tractor-trailer upon impact. Because the undercarriage of the tractor-trailer is much higher than the passenger vehicle, underride crashes typically cause severe injuries to the heads and necks of the passengers inside. Some crashes even decapitate the passengers.
The man behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer that was involved in a fatal accident in Georgia on the evening of Nov. 19 has been charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and failure to yield. According to the Dade County Sheriff's Office, both of the charges are misdemeanors. The accident, which took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 59, claimed the life of one road user and left two others injured.
Studies have shown that crash avoidance technology can reduce traffic accidents in Georgia and across the U.S. However, it is not required on tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks. This is troubling because truck-related fatal accidents are on the rise.