It does not matter where you live in Georgia; you must share the road with commercial trucks. According to the Department of Transportation, over 11 million semi-trucks are registered in the United States, with over 3.5 million operating on the roadways at any time.
These trucks travel thousands of miles weekly and carry loads weighing up to 65,000 pounds. Both factors cause a lot of wear and tear on the truck and trailer. Trucking companies and private owners must do regular maintenance on these vehicles to keep them safe to operate on the roadways.
Improper maintenance on a semi-truck can lead to loss of life
Commercial trucks need maintenance more often than passenger vehicles. Having the brakes and steering checked regularly and maintaining the tires on these trucks is crucial to the safety of the driver and other vehicles on the road. Failed brakes, loss of steering, or blown tires can lead to catastrophic accidents.
Most trucking accidents result in life-changing injuries for the passengers in the smaller vehicle. Loss of life in these accidents is not uncommon. Many people lucky enough to survive a truck accident will have multiple injuries and face long recovery times.
Share the road safely with semi-trucks
Trucking companies are encouraged to maintain their vehicles and train their drivers properly so that these vehicles can operate safely on the road. Passenger vehicle drivers are encouraged to share the road safely with these large trucks. Remember that semi-trucks need more space to turn and have blind spots on their right-hand sign. Never tailgate a truck or stop quickly in front of one. These simple tips can help everyone remain safe on the roads.