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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.

Injuries that arise after a truck accident

In Georgia, as in other states, commercial trucks are all too frequently colliding with passenger vehicles. These accidents often result in death, and in 97 percent of such fatal crashes, it is the occupant of the passenger vehicle who dies. When accidents are non-fatal, they can still leave victims with catastrophic injuries and even psychological issues.

FMCSA report regarding large truck fatalities

Truck drivers in Georgia may be interested to know about the results of a report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. According to the report, there was an increase in the number of trucks that were involved in fatal crashes in 2016. The number rose by 3 percent from 2015. For 73 percent of the large trucks involved in fatal crashes, the main contributing event that occurred before the crash was a person, another vehicle, an animal or an item in the truck's lane.

Coalition aims to cut down on trucking accident fatalities

A coalition managed by the National Safety Council is working to cut down on the number of traffic deaths in Georgia and across the country. Called the Road to Zero Coalition, the group has the lofty goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by the year 2050. In April 2018, the coalition released a report that points out that 100 Americans are killed every day in car accidents. In 2016, there were 37,461 fatalities caused by motor vehicle crashes. This number reflects a 5.6 percent increase over the number of deaths in 2015.

Common causes behind commercial truck crashes

In an average year, roughly 15 million commercial trucks that travel throughout the U.S. Although such trucks transport many products that Georgia residents use, they can also be involved in significant accidents. In the past 10 years, truck accidents have gone up by 20 percent. The recently released Large Truck Crash Causation Study was tasked with trying to find out why fatal accidents involving such vehicles occur.

Attempts to cut truck driver fatigue face legal challenge

For drivers on the roads in Georgia, accidents caused by truck driver fatigue can be a major highway safety concern. The large mass and size of 18-wheelers and semi-trucks mean that a trucking accident can easily cause severe injuries, major property damage and even death. One significant cause of fatigue in truck drivers is sleep apnea, a disorder that prevents sufferers from receiving a full night's sleep without treatment due to interrupted breathing.

Independent truckers plan protest of electronic logging mandate

Many truck drivers in Georgia are independent contractors while others work as employees for companies. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is about to require that all truck drivers across the country install electronic logging devices in their trucks, but independent truckers are protesting this move as an invasion of their privacy.

How truckers' drug arrests go unnoticed by employers

The opioid crisis has impacted commercial truck drivers across Georgia and the U.S. Some drivers who are addicted to legal prescription drugs like Oxycontin eventually turn to illegal drugs like heroin. This has led to documented drug-related truck accidents. To make matters worse, many trucking companies don't realize that a driver has been arrested for drug charges until it's too late.

AAA studies benefits of four truck safety devices

Drivers in Georgia, as anywhere else, will probably admit to feelings of discomfort when driving around commercial trucks. However, four safety technologies could do a lot to lessen that uneasiness if trucking companies decide to install them. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has published a study measuring the benefits of these devices.

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