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How one truckload carrier is preventing back-up crashes

Truckers in Georgia know that backing up a tractor trailer is the leading cause of truck accidents. RBX Inc., a truckload carrier that has been operating in the Midwest since 1983, has seen more than a few of its student drivers get in accidents when backing up their 53-foot trailers. However, it has found a way to reduce the number of backing accidents.

RBX enhanced its student driving program with the e-Learning program from Impact Solutions Inc., a company that helps those in the transportation industry recruit and retain employees. This program can be accessed remotely, and a mobile app makes it even easier.

NTSB accuses NHTSA of ignoring safety technology for big trucks

The National Transportation Safety Board has been urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create regulations that require semi-trucks to adopt collision avoidance technology since the 1990s. Although trucking carriers in South Carolina can voluntarily deploy safety technologies like collision warnings and automatic emergency brakes, the NHTSA has not introduced any regulations that require crash avoidance technology for big rigs.

A written statement from the NHTSA indicated that regulators might complete field testing of automatic emergency braking systems in 18 to 24 months. The safety board continues to call for improvements because fatal accidents involving semis and large trucks have increased by 28 percent from 2009 to 2016. In 2016 alone, more than 4,300 people died in truck crashes.

2017 saw decrease in car crashes, but not by much

In its report on 2017 car crash trends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there were 37,133 fatal crashes that year: a 1.8 percent decrease and an improvement from 2015 and 2016, which saw an 8.4 and 6.5 percent increase, respectively. Still, the other numbers in the report should raise concerns for drivers in Georgia.

One positive factor is that even when the number of vehicle miles traveled in 2017 went up 1.2 percent, the number of fatalities went down 2.5 percent per 100 million VMT. NHTSA's preliminary estimates for 2018 show even more promise; a total of 17,120 people died in car crashes in the first six months of 2018, which is 3.1 percent less than the first half of 2017.

Woman killed in South Carolina head-on crash

A head-on collision in South Carolina on the afternoon on Sept. 28 claimed the life of a 51-year-old woman, according to local reports. The accident took place on Bramlett Church Road in Laurens County at approximately 4 p.m. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that no charges have been filed yet in connection with the fatal crash, but the investigation being coordinated by the agency's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team remains open.

According to an SCHP report, the woman was proceeding southbound in a Toyota sedan on Bramlett Church Road near Woodruff when a Ford pickup truck crossed the center line. The two vehicles struck each other as the Toyota approached South Carolina Highway 417. Initial reports do not reveal why the 29-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Ford strayed into the path of oncoming traffic.

Georgia police officer pleads guilty in a fatal car crash

During a regular shift in January 2017, a Gwinnett County police officer responded to a car crash call around 9:00 p.m. For what remains undisclosed reasons, the young officer raced to the scene at 97 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the officer never made it to the site of the call.

The officer, driving at a speed nearly 60 miles per hour greater than the speed limit, attempted to pass another car, swerved to avoid a near collision with that vehicle and struck two pedestrians on the sidewalk. One of the two died of the injuries suffered in the collision. The very next day, the police department fired the officer for a violation of police policy.

Large truck fatalities increased in 2017

Georgia readers may be concerned to learn that fatal motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks jumped by 9 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, according to new federal statistics. The increase occurred even though overall traffic deaths decreased by 1.8 percent during the same 12-month period.

The statistics, which were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, show that 4,761 people died in large truck accidents in 2017, which is 392 more than died in 2016. Fatal large truck crashes involving multiple vehicles also increased by 8.8 percent last year, while the number of truck driver and truck passenger deaths increased by 16 percent. Overall, 37,133 people died on American roads in 2017, which is a drop from the 37,806 people who died in traffic accidents in 2016.

How skateboarding signs can prevent liability claims

Georgia residents should know that skateboarding laws vary by city. Some local laws will group skateboarders with bicyclists, roller bladers and other pedestrians while others will specifically prohibit them from, say, skateboarding down a sidewalk or bike lane. Laws also determine the minimum age for skateboarding as well as the times and manner that skateboarders can engage in this activity.

Skateboarders often perform dangerous tricks, ignore stop signs and speed limits and ride in the way of vehicles, increasing their risk for injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that more than 25,000 people a year are sent to the emergency room with skateboarding-related injuries. The majority of these people are under the age of 15.

Moped rider killed in South Carolina crash

Police in South Carolina say that a 60-year-old man will face felony drunk driving charges in connection with an accident in Greenville that claimed the life of a moped rider. Police say that the 46-year-old local resident was killed when a silver Nissan Altima made a left turn directly into his path. The man is currently recovering from injuries he suffered in the accident at the Greenville Memorial Trauma Center according to reports. Police say that they plan to formally charge him upon his release.

According to a Greenville Police Department report, the collision took place at the intersection of East Washington Street and Laurens Road at approximately 8:50 p.m. Eyewitnesses are said to have told responding officers that the man behind the wheel of the Nissan failed to yield before attempting to make a left turn. The ensuing collision ejected the moped rider from his machine according to media accounts. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital.

How to prevent fall injuries on business properties

Falls cause thousands of injuries in Georgia each year. According to insurance claims data, some of the most common types of accidents include falls on the same level, falls from a different level and falls from snow and ice, stairs, ladders, scaffolding and liquids or grease.

Safety experts say that fall injuries are prevalent because everyone is susceptible to the risk, and these accidents can occur in almost any type of setting. Common injuries associated with falls include sprains and strains, bruises and contusions, fractures, traumatic brain injuries and more.

Study shows drivers put too much trust in car safety systems

Georgia drivers are right to think that their car safety systems keep them safe. Federal estimates say that such systems can reduce crashes by 40 percent and crash fatalities by 30 percent. Still, there are limitations. According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, many drivers are actually unaware of the limitations with blind-spot monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and other features.

The study found that 80 percent of drivers with blind-spot monitoring overestimated its ability to detect fast-approaching cars, bicycles and pedestrians. Because of this, 25 percent failed to check for vehicles when changing lanes.

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