According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 2,790 people killed in large-truck crashes in the year 2010, reflecting a 9.1 percent increase from the year 2009. Many of these accidents could have been prevented had the truck driver or other motorist taken more care to drive defensively and cautiously.
There are several safety measures motorists can take in order to prevent large truck crashes: Read the rest »
A bipartisan group of House transportation leaders is asking the Transportation Secretary to postpone the effective date of the new truck drivers hours-of-service (HOS) rule. The top majority and minority members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee wrote a letter to Secretary Ray LaHood requesting the extension on the HOS rule, which is set to take effect on July 1.
American Trucking Associations (ATA) and other groups have challenged the rule, and a court decision is expected in June. House leaders say that a postponement will avoid “costly and unnecessary training of enforcement officials.” This request is similar to the one made by the ATA to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). That request was rejected on the grounds that it would set aside a safety improvement. Read the rest »
A man was injured in a recent car accident when his Corvette ended up underneath a box truck. According to a news report in The Encino Patch, the truck accident occurred on the southbound San Diego Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. While information has not been released regarding how the crash occurred, the entire front of the car was crushed underneath the back of the truck in the collision and the driver was trapped inside. After being rescued from his vehicle, he was hospitalized with injuries that appear to be non-life-threatening.
According to a recent news report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 260 of the 2,241 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck accidents were killed when the fronts of their vehicles collided with the rears of trucks. An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle ends up underneath part of a trailer or box truck. Many modern semi-trailers are able to prevent these types of devastating accidents from occurring, but partial underride collisions do occur in Georgia and throughout the United States. Read the rest »
A 39-year-old driver was killed in a Georgia truck accident when his vehicle veered off I-75 near milepost 201 in Butts County and struck a guardrail. But officials say the crash was not the cause of his death. An investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s medical examiner found that the accident might have resulted from his heart problem. It is unclear if the victim or his employer was aware of his medical issues.
Driving a large truck can be extremely complicated. Truck drivers must be properly trained and they must remain completely focused at all times. When a truck driver is ill, injured, or suffering from a serious health condition, he or she should not be on the roadway. Trucks are dangerous and when a big rig driver is not fit to drive, the results can prove fatal. There are medical rules for truck drivers that have been established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a federal agency that oversees commercial trucking companies. Read the rest »
Georgia truck accident lawyers know the devastation and damage that truck underride crashes can cause. If you have ever driven alongside a tractor-trailer, you may have noticed that the height of the trailer is about at your head level. When the top of a car is crushed under a trailer, it is called an underride accident. These types of accidents are some of the most devastating collisions that occur on Georgia highways and they often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Under federal regulations, all trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or greater, manufactured on or after January 26, 1998 must have an underride guard. These are those metal structures you see on the back of trailers. In low speed collisions, these guards will prevent an underride collision from occurring. These rear bumper guards do not, however, always have the strength to prevent a vehicle from going under the trailer. Read the rest »
Shortly after leaving school for the day, three teenagers were injured in a Georgia car accident when their car was partially crushed by the wheels of a tractor-trailer. According to a WALB news report, the truck accident occurred on Highway 300 near Crisp Academy in Crisp County. Officials say the 16-year-old driver of the car may have pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer. The driver and his twin brother were taken to a nearby hospital and a 15-year-old passenger was airlifted to a Macon medical center. They are all expected to survive. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Truck accidents can have devastating consequences, especially for the occupants of the smaller vehicles. The size and weight of large trucks make them particularly dangerous on the roadway. Truck accidents may occur due to truck driver negligence, a vehicle defect or malfunction, a dangerous roadway, or due to the negligence of a motorist other than the truck driver. Read the rest »
Truck accidents often have devastating consequences because of the size and weight of the vehicles involved. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds or more. There are many reasons why these catastrophic truck crashes occur. Regardless of why these happen, they often result in major injuries or even fatalities. It is often the occupants of the smaller vehicles that suffer the more serious injuries.
Here are some of the many common reasons why truck accidents occur: Read the rest »
More than two dozen vehicles, including a number of tractor-trailers, were involved in a Georgia pileup that resulted in at least four fatalities. The Associated Press reports that the fatal truck accident occurred on Interstate 16. Officials say they have not determined why the 27 vehicles collided during the foggy early morning hours, but believe that the accident was a chain-reaction crash. The four fatally injured victims were residents of Covington, Effingham County, and Dublin. There were nine others who were hospitalized, including one patient who required a transfer to another facility.
The Georgia Department of Transportation was allegedly on its way to place caution signs on the interstate before the collision occurred because of visibility issues. It is not clear, however, if the poor visibility was a result of fog or of smoke from a nearby controlled burn that was permitted the day before. Investigators will also have to consider what role large vehicles played in the crash, as seven tractor-trailers were involved in the pileup, including an empty fuel tanker that caught fire. Read the rest »
If you or someone you love has been involved in a Georgia truck accident, you know how devastating a collision can be. The sheer size of tractor-trailers makes them capable of crushing passenger cars. A moment of distraction, an act of carelessness, or a patch of ice can cause an impact that forever changes the life of the victims.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information Notebook of 2008, between the years 2000 and 2006, more than six million people were involved in Georgia motor vehicle crashes. On average, 2,394 people are involved in a Georgia collision each day. Read the rest »
Two drivers were injured in a Habersham County accident involving a tractor-trailer and a Honda CRV. According to a news report in AccessNorthGa.com, the truck accident occurred on Georgia Highway 365 at Cody Road near Mt. Airy. Officials say the truck left the roadway, crossed the median and entered the northbound lanes. The truck clipped the northbound Honda before overturning and coming to rest on the shoulder. The 52-year-old driver of the Honda and the 35-year-old driver of the truck were hospitalized following the crash. The truck driver was cited for failing to maintain his lane of traffic. Read the rest »