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Efforts to improve trucking safety highlight accident costs, need for advocacy

Trucking safety is something that all of us should be concerned about, since we are all at risk when truck drivers and their employers fail to exercise reasonable care in their work. When it comes to trucking safety, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed, including driver fatigue, vehicle maintenance, cargo securement, and driver screening and licensing. Each of these areas should be subject to ongoing scrutiny and improvement.

Two potential solutions to the problem of truck safety in Georgia which are currently being suggested or considered are reducing speed limits for large trucks and establishing semi-only lanes. The latter suggestion is currently being studied by the Georgia Department of Transportation with respect to a section of Interstate 75 between Macon and Atlanta. 

The idea with semi-only lanes is that truckers would be separated from other vehicles so that their driving patterns would be more predictable. An added benefit, say supporters, would be reduced congestion. It has yet to be determined how the semi-only lanes would be scheduled.

Another suggestion to address trucking safety in Georgia, which comes from senior Senator Johnny Isakson, is to put a 65 mile per hour speed limit on large trucks. The suggestion is that trucking companies should be required to install speed governors on their trucks which top out at 65 miles per hour. At present, many trucking companies use speed governors, but the Department of Transportation has been building the groundwork to issue a rule mandating the devices for several years now.

These and other efforts to improve trucking safety are an important reminder of the costs trucking accidents have for their victims and their need for advocacy. Following safety rules and regulations is an important aspect of participating in the trucking industry, and truckers and companies that fail to obey the rules can find themselves not only putting other drivers at risk, but also facing criminal and civil liability for fatalities and injuries they cause. In our next post, we’ll look a bit more at this issue and why it is important for truck accident victims to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in seeking compensation.

Sources:

Actionnewsjax.com, “Crash that killed five Georgia students sparks push to lower big rig speeds,” Deanna Bettineschi and Justin Gray, May 24, 2016.

Wsbradio.com, “State: Semi-only lanes could reduce traffic, improve safety,” May 15, 2016. 

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