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Federal agency to introduce new trucking safety assessment

Trucking safety is important to everyone else on the roads in Georgia, especially as crashes involving tractor-trailers can be devastating to other drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. In a crash involving a large semi-truck, passenger car occupants are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or even fatalities due to the disparity in weight and size. Because truck accidents can be so severe, it is critical that accurate data is kept by federal agencies charged with assessing the safety protocols of different trucking companies.

5 causes of motorcycle collisions

Riding your motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving your car. When a collision occurs while you are on your motorcycle, you are at a greater risk of getting seriously hurt or dying because you do not have the protection of an enclosed vehicle. Plus, it is more difficult to maintain control of a motorcycle than a passenger car.

Why truck accidents happen

Accidents involving trucks are more likely to cause fatalities compared to crashes involving passenger vehicles. This is because trucks are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. Therefore, truck drivers in Georgia need to be careful to stay alert and focused on road conditions while operating their vehicles. In addition to driver fatigue and distraction, weather conditions and mechanical issues are common causes of truck crashes.

Vehicle technologies making roads safer

Electronic driver-assist systems are already making roadways safer in Georgia and across the country, according to data published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Specifically, blind-spot detection and lane departure warning systems were found to reduce the incidence of head-on crashes and single-vehicle sideswipes by 18 percent. Injuries to drivers and passengers in those types of crashes were reduced by 24 percent.

More than 40,000 vehicle deaths reported in 2017

Georgia motorists might have heard that,according to the National Safety Council, there were an estimated 40,100 motor vehicle deaths throughout the country in 2017. This was a 6 percent increase from 2015 and slightly lower than the 40,327 reported traffic deaths in 2016. In 2017, there was a 1 percent increase in miles driven compared to the previous year, and the number of serious injuries was roughly the same in both years.

Factors involved in trucking accidents

Georgia drivers often have to share the road with large trucks, and this can be intimidating to some, particularly when they consider the number of accidents involving big rigs. One way to promote safety is to identify the factors that contribute to trucking accidents so that they can be worked on and fixed.

The most dangerous states for CMVs and work trucks

Verizon Connect, the fleet management systems provider, has analyzed the behavior of commercial motor vehicle drivers and other work truck drivers from more than 6,200 of its fleet customers. These small and midsize businesses carried anywhere from two to 200 fleet vehicles, including CMVs, pick-ups and light vans. Georgia residents will find out from this study which states are safe and which are dangerous for trucking.

Travelers: risk for distracted driving goes up in summer

From January 2017 to May 2018, TrueMotion analyzed the behavior of more than 20,000 drivers over the course of 8.4 million trips via sensor data from its mobile app, TrueMotion Family. The smartphone telematics platform found that drivers become particularly distracted by their phones in the months of June, July and August. This may give pause to some drivers in Georgia.

Study finds car infotainment systems distract drivers

Some Georgia drivers may be distracted by the infotainment systems installed in their cars according to a study released in June by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study examined the effects of the manufacturer's system as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Researchers found that both the Android and Apple systems did a better job of helping drivers keep some attention for the task of driving while the manufacturers' systems created a greater cognitive strain.

Law imposes a duty of care on businesses to maintain safety

Small business owners in Georgia could potentially pay for legal costs, lost income and medical bills attributed to a slip and fall or other accident on their properties. Known as premises liability, the law requires businesses to maintain a safe environment to limit dangers to customers, visitors and employees. To meet legal responsibilities or the duty of care, owners or managers need to regularly inspect their properties for hazards, post warning signs and perform timely repairs.

Drugs play role in many fatal crashes

In many fatal car crashes in Georgia and across the country, drugged driving is a factor in causing the collisions. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, almost half of the drivers killed in car crashes had some kind of drugs in their systems, most frequently marijuana, opioids or both. In 2016, 44 percent of drivers who were fatally injured in car wrecks tested positive for drugs.

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