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.
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.
New safety features on vehicles have been making roadways in Georgia safer. Nationwide, the number of motor vehicle accidents per mile driven has been decreasing since 1980. The number of fatal crashes reached an all-time low in 2009.
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.
People on their way to the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park encountered a traffic jam after a crash involving two tractor-trailers and a car closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Cobb County on Aug. 15. The accident site included an overturned tanker near the exit for the park.