Truck drivers in Georgia may be intrigued to know that in the state of North Dakota, most truck crashes that involve injuries occur in the oil regions. Figures from North Dakota's Vision Zero Plan indicate that around 67% of truck-related crashes between 2012 and 2016 occurred in the state's oil counties. The Vision Zero Plan is a statewide initiative meant to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on the road.
Drivers in Atlanta know how intimidating it can be to be around large commercial trucks. Sometimes, motor vehicles will collide with a large truck and slide underneath it. This is called an underride crash, and it can immediately render a vehicle's safety features useless, while victims may sustain head and neck injuries, including even decapitation.
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.
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.
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.
When driving down roads in Georgia, motorists may see accidents involving dump trucks or other large vehicles, such as ready-mix concrete trucks. Statistics show that there has recently been a slight increase in crashes involving these large vehicles.
Underride crashes, where cars collide into the back of trucks and slide underneath them, are all too frequent occurrences in Georgia. The Truck Safety Coalition states that in 2011, rear impacts made up 19 percent of the nation's fatal two-vehicle collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles. A total of 260 people were killed in underride crashes that year according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Potential truck drivers in Georgia and across the southern states may benefit from a new course offered by Tennessee Community College that teaches commercial truck driving safety. The course instructor has driven semi trucks and trailers for over a decade and has logged countless hours in the profession. His goal is helping future truck drivers learn the responsibility of driving safely when operating a semi-truck.
Georgia motorists may be interested to learn that federal regulations requiring truck drivers to take a break could be contributing to an increase in fatal crashes. The regulations require a break after being behind the wheel for eight hours.
Truck driver fatigue can present a real danger to people on the roads in Georgia. When truck drivers are too exhausted to drive safely, it could lead to catastrophic accidents. Due to the size, mass and weight of commercial trucks, other vehicles are at a distinct disadvantage in case of a crash. Indeed, truck accidents can be deadly to occupants of smaller cars. Therefore, reducing the threat posed by fatigue is an important issue for improving trucking safety.