Every year in Georgia and across the rest of North America, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a 72-hour inspection blitz called the International Roadcheck. CMV drivers are stopped at random to see if they are in compliance with all driver- and truck-related federal regulations. If they fail the tests, they or their trucks are put out of service.
Truck accidents can pose a real threat to others on the road in Georgia. Because of the size and weight of these large vehicles, those involved in a crash with a semi-truck are far more likely to suffer serious injuries or even fatalities. Some statistics have indicated that large truck crashes are on the rise, prompting concerns. Now, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that it is planning its first major study of tractor-trailer collisions in 15 years. The FMCSA study will look at the problems involved in large truck collisions, including the potential influence of mobile devices and distracted driving on trucking accidents.
Georgia motorists are often nervous or worried about sharing the road with large trucks. In some ways, their fears are often justified. A crash involving a tractor-trailer is far more likely to injure or kill occupants of other vehicles, simply due to the size and weight of a semi. There are a number of factors that can contribute to truck accidents. While truck drivers are often highly skilled and well-trained, they are vulnerable to the same types of distractions and poor decisions as others on the road. In addition, the consequences of these types of bad decisions can be much more severe.
Georgia residents should know that there are a number of ways that a collision can occur between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle. There are at least five extremely common causes of truck accidents, the first being driver error. Truckers may speed, drive drowsy or be negligent in some other way. However, studies show that in 81% of truck crashes caused by driver error, it's the passenger vehicle driver who is to blame.
Commercial truck crashes are on the rise in Georgia and across the U.S., and so are the number of deaths arising from them. Between 2009 and 2017, there was a 28% increase in them with 4,102 deaths in the latter year. The majority of those who lost their lives were occupants in passenger vehicles. To lower the number of crashes and fatalities, safety groups have pushed for the incorporation of new safety tech on commercial trucks.
Truckers in Georgia may know that for 2019, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held Operation Safe Driver Week between July 14 and 20. This week of increased traffic law enforcement ended with officers issuing 46,752 citations and 87,624 warnings to passenger vehicle drivers and CMV drivers across the U.S.
The dangers associated with speeding likely do not need to be explained to most in Rome. While many might feel as though they can remain in complete control of their vehicles at high speeds, statistics suggest otherwise. Indeed, per information shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding accounted for over a quarter of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. If regular vehicles are hard to control at high speeds, one can only imagine how much more difficult it might be to safely operate a speeding semi-truck.
Your default assumption regarding liability cases is likely that only the parties directly involved can be made to answer for the outcome. Thus, if you have been involved in a truck accident in Rome, you might assume that your claim lies solely with the truck driver. Yet what about the company that employs them? A strong argument might be made that your accident might never have occurred had the trucker not been in the course of completing their work-related duties. This has prompted many to come to us here at Cromartie Law asking if it is indeed possible to hold a trucking company liable for the actions of its drivers.
Most drivers in Georgia have probably noticed the yellow caution signs that depict a tractor-trailer up on two wheels, about to tip over. According to American International Group, Inc., accidents involving large truck and tanker truck rollovers occur at an alarming rate: about 1,800 per year.
Drivers in Rome likely understand that they face the threat of encountering other motorists who are texting on the road. Yet they may mistakenly assume that threat to only come from the drivers of standard cars, trucks and SUV's. Why would they think that one driving a semi-truck would so something that has been proven to be so irresponsible? If a regular motorist's reaction time is slowed when texting, one can only imagine how much more dangerous a trucker who is texting while behind the wheel may be. Indeed, information shared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that truck drivers who text while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident.