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January 2019 Archives

Survey shows dangerous use of phones by drivers growing

Georgia drivers who are involved in accidents in which distracted driving is a factor may not always report the cause accurately. This is one of the challenges faced in gathering information about the relationship between distracted driving, including cellphone use, and motor vehicle accidents. Usually, attributing accidents to distracted driving involves either getting permission to examine drivers' phones or self-reporting from people involved in the accident.

CMV fatalities go up in 2017, seat belt neglect partly to blame

Fatal crashes involving commercial and passenger vehicles continue to rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just examined crash data for 2017, the latest year for which complete data is available, and found that there was a total of 5,005 commercial motor vehicle crash fatalities. This is up from 3,193 in 2009. Another interesting fact is that Georgia saw a 19.7 percent rise in fatal CMV crashes.

Georgia teen killed in single-car accident

On the afternoon of Jan. 20, two teens were involved in a single-car accident in Coweta County, Georgia. An Infiiniti passenger car was traveling at a high rate of speed on Smokey Road when its teen driver lost control of the vehicle rounding a curve. The vehicle flipped over several times and hit some trees.

South Carolina man charged after fatal accident

A 21-year-old South Carolina man faces up to 60 years in prison after allegedly causing a fatal accident while attempting to flee from Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office deputies. Media outlets have reported that the Boiling Springs resident has been denied bond and is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center on charges of failing to stop when ordered to do so by a peace officer, street racing, hit-and-run resulting in a death and malicious injury.

Drowsy driving an issue in the ridesharing business

Georgia residents and others who use ridesharing services may need to watch out for tired or fatigued drivers. This is according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Drivers tend to work after being awake for long periods of time, and it may not be possible to check for health issues a driver may have. In some cases, the drivers are compelled to keep driving because of low hourly or per trip wages.

Fatigued truck drivers can be a major road risk

Studies show that 65 percent of large truck accidents occur during long hauls. This means that the longer a Georgia trucker drives, the more likely they'll get into an accident. Long road trips and a lack of rest are not a good combination, and truck drivers all over the U.S. are struggling with this scenario.

AAA: infotainment systems raise risk for car crash

New technology, especially infotainment systems, can be highly distracting for drivers in Georgia and across the U.S. Researchers from the University of Utah conducted a study on 30 infotainment systems for AAA, all of them found on new 2017 cars. Seven had a moderate level of demand, 11 a high level and 12 very high. Car models with the most demanding infotainment systems include the Audi Q7 QPP, Chrysler 300 C and Dodge Durango GT.

Man killed in Cartersville garbage truck crash

A 43-year-old Georgia man was killed in Cartersville on Dec. 26, 2018, after he was trapped between a sanitation truck and a utility pole in the town. The man was an inmate at Floyd County Prison who had volunteered for a sanitation job in the town. He was working with the Cartersville Sanitation Department when he was pinned to a utility pole after the garbage truck slammed into him while driving in reverse on Jones Street. The sanitation truck hit the pole, trapping the worker there.

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