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.
People and pedestrians might be safer on Georgia roadways in 2018 than they were in 2015 and 2016, but those in trucks might be in more danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released 2017 figures on motor vehicle accident fatalities that showed the reversal of an upward trend in traffic deaths from 2015 and 2016. Preliminary figures from the first half of 2018 show a continuation of this trend.
Georgia drivers who value safety will be interested in learning the results from a targeted effort by commercial vehicle regulators that took place at the beginning of summer. The three-day initiative resulted in over 67,000 roadside inspections and the suspension of operating privileges for a large number of trucks and drivers. Since transport trucks operate side-by-side with school buses and everyday commuters, compliance with safety regulations are the concern of everyone on the roadways.