Any accident with a commercial truck, regardless of the location or speed, can result in serious injury or even death. Since a truck-passenger vehicle accident is so dangerous, you should do whatever you can to protect yourself.
Over the past few years, shippers who haul food and agricultural products via tractor-trailers have requested changes in the weight limits that they are permitted to haul across the country. Thus far, the majority of states -- including Georgia -- cap cargo capacity at 81,000 pounds. If these limits are increased, it is feared that it may also increase the chances of a truck accident.
As the warmer weather arrives, Georgia highways will likely become more congested with traffic and construction delays. All motorists will want to pay close attention to traffic conditions, especially during peak travel times in order to avoid becoming involved in a serious crash. Sadly, it is believed that one trucker failed to do so after a child died after a tractor-trailer accident.
In December, a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation became effective, requiring all tractor-trailers to be equipped with electronic logging devices (ELDs). An electronic logging device is installed in the cab of the truck and records the hours that a trucker is actively driving, along with other important information. These devices are expected to help enforce compliance with federal laws to reduce the risk of a serious or fatal truck accident. In Georgia and elsewhere, a tired trucker poses a serious danger to fellow motorists.
On Dec. 18, 2018, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule that all commercial tractor-trailers were to be outfitted with an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) took effect. However, before that occurred, several motor carriers requested an exemption from having to comply with the requirement. The stated goals of having ELDs installed is to reduce the risk of a truck accident due to driver fatigue and prevent the falsifying of the old paper log books, referred to as 'comic' books. The hope is for increased safety of fellow motorists across the country, including here in Georgia.
One individual died in a tragic truck accident in Georgia. Meanwhile, another one suffered injuries in the tractor-trailer accident. The fiery collision took place on a recent Tuesday morning.
A single-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer recently took two lives along Interstate 85 in Georgia. The truck crash occurred on a Sunday morning. The two individuals who died in the fatal truck accident were 29 and 1 year old.
Motor vehicle accidents involving trucks may unfortunately lead to severe injuries or even death in a split second. After all, commercial trucks are much heavier than other automobiles on the road, and sometimes they carry flammable or hazardous materials. Motorists who have been hurt or who have lost ones in a trucking accident have the right to take legal action in Georgia civil court.
Truck accidents in Georgia are oftentimes the most dangerous types of accidents due to the sheer size of these vehicles. In some cases, a tractor trailer accident takes place due to the negligence of the truck driver. In these situations, another motorist who is injured in the crash has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.
A seven-vehicle crash that recently took place in Georgia has led to the death of a high school student. The vehicle crash, which involved a tractor-trailer, occurred on a Saturday in August. The truck driver, who police said caused the truck accident, currently faces multiple criminal charges.