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March 2019 Archives

A push is being made to make trucks safer

Georgia residents who are involved in crashes with large trucks may be at a greater risk of injury or death. In many cases, a smaller vehicle can slide underneath a big rig. This is called an underride, and installing guards on tractor-trailers could prevent such events from occurring. Having this feature is important because airbags may not be effective in such an accident.

School bus crash in Georgia injures 13

Authorities in Georgia have reported that 11 children and two adults required hospital treatment following a motor vehicle accident in Barrow County involving a school bus on the afternoon of March 19. Initial reports suggest that none of the accident victims were seriously hurt. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash, which took place near the intersection of State Route 81 and State Route 316 at approximately 6:40 p.m.

Tanker collision blocks traffic on Highway 123

Georgia residents who live in Pickens County may have heard about the tanker truck crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 123 on March 26. That morning, the driver of a commercial tanker was turning from Highway 123 onto Highway 124 when he sideswiped a commercial Chevy Colorado pickup that was pulling a trailer and heading east on Highway 124.

Bus crash injures 23

On March 9, 23 people were injured when a bus overturned in South Carolina. The accident occurred in Georgetown County at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Man accused of causing deadly crash facing new charges

The criminal charges against a 25-year-old Georgia man accused of causing a deadly accident in late 2018 have been upgraded from vehicular homicide in the second degree to vehicular homicide in the first degree. Media reports suggest that prosecutors decided to pursue the more serious charge after a Marietta Police Department investigation into the Dec. 12 crash revealed that the McDonough resident was traveling at speeds of up to 98 mph before losing control of his vehicle. The posted speed limit on the stretch of Interstate 75 where the accident occurred is 65 mph.

The future of driverless cars

Georgia motorists who are curious about self-driving cars may have to wait a little longer to see them on highways in any great numbers, and some experts say much more testing is needed. Google has been testing autonomous cars since 2009, and Uber began doing so in 2016.

Lawsuit filed against sheriff's office for 2017 crash

A lawsuit has been filed against a county sheriff's office in South Carolina for a 2017 vehicle collision that injured a family of four. The accident occurred in the early morning hours as the family was leaving a Greenville outdoor festival. A deputy was traveling 96 mph in order to respond to another vehicle accident. The deputy's in-car dashcam showed that he lost control as he went around a turn and hit the BMW carrying the family head-on.

Speed limiters may help combat rise in truck crash deaths

Road Safe America, the Atlanta-based highway safety non-profit, has found that all but six states experienced a rise in large truck crash deaths between 2009 and 2017. Georgia saw the fourth greatest number of truck crash deaths; the top three were Texas, California and Florida. Washington, Idaho and Colorado saw the highest percentage increase in that eight-year period.

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