Truck accidents happen regardless of the season, time of day or road conditions. People who drive trucks may cause collisions as a result of being tired, overworked or distracted. Sometimes, they fall asleep behind the wheel or make serious errors.
Despite regulatory changes aimed at minimizing the number of truck accidents caused by drivers dozing off at the wheel, driver fatigue still contributes to about 40 percent of these crashes. Trucking companies need to do their part to limit the number of hours their drivers are on the road. However, drivers also need to recognize the signs of fatigue and get off the road.
The driver of a tractor-trailer was arrested following an Atlanta-area crash earlier this month that killed a 20-year-old Carrollton man. The crash occurred on the evening of Jan. 17 on Interstate 20 not far from Fulton Industrial Blvd.
Recently-released numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that fewer Americans lost their lives in vehicle crashes in 2017 than in the previous year. Overall, fatalities dropped by almost 2 percent. Further, according to an NHTSA official, "Preliminary estimates for the first six months of 2018 appear to show that this downward trend continues."
A Georgia woman and three young children were killed on Sept. 20 in a fiery, multivehicle crash in Texas. The 36-year-old woman, who lived in Marietta, was in the vehicle with her three young children, ages 6, 8 and 10, as well as her husband, mother-in-law and an older daughter. The latter three were hospitalized for their injuries but survived.
It is no longer uncommon to encounter semis carrying two or even three trailers on Georgia roads. Because truck accidents occur far too often, residents often fear semis carrying only one trailer. When they see a truck with two or more trailers attached, that fear skyrockets to the point where it can affect how a motorist drives near these enormous trucks.
The nation's trucking industry is more successful than ever. While this is great for our nation's economy, it causes ordinary people to worry about truck accidents. After all, a booming trucking industry means more trucks are sharing our roadways, and collisions with these vehicles typically result in serious and catastrophic physical trauma.
There are many different things to which truckers have to pay attention when they are driving. These have to be the priority. Everything else has to take second place while the trucker is operating the rig. A trucker who is distracted can cause crashes that might injure or kill people.
There are some motor vehicle accidents that seem to happen in slow motion. You might see the semitruck coming straight for you but you can't do anything to stop it. This is a harrowing situation for anyone to be involved in. When you live to deal with the aftermath, you might soon realize that you have more to deal with than just the physical injuries.
Truckers are in control of vehicles that weigh around 80,000 or more. These large vehicles have the capability to kill or injure people on the roads just because they are so large and heavy. It is imperative that drivers have technology available that helps them keep everyone around their trucks as safe as possible.