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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Growing Risk of Personal Injury Caused by Truck Accidents in Georgia

Georgia highways have become a more dangerous place due to distracted driving and increased traffic volume.  The risk of personal injury as a result of a collision with a large, commercial vehicle is also on an alarming rise.   

The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently published an article blaming the risk of colliding with the biggest trucks on the road on the lack of safety inspections.  After analyzing federal data, the AJC concluded that Georgia did 20 percent fewer truck inspections between 2011 and 2014, and removed 30 percent fewer trucks and drivers from the road for violations.  Meanwhile, the rate of commercial vehicle crashes in Georgia sharply increased by 38 percent between 2011 and 2013.  Safety inspections identify issues such as mechanical problems and unfit drivers, and aim to reduce the amount of risk on our highways by penalizing these hazards. 

The AJC reports two major factors contributing to the decline in safety inspections.  First, a change in state law in 2011 significantly reduced the number of safety inspectors and barred local police departments from conducting their own safety inspections.  Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that the trucking industry applauded the change in state law.  Within the same timeframe, state officers cut back on safety inspections to spend more time looking for unsafe non-commercial drivers on our highways.

One local police officer in Roswell, Georgia reported seeing unsafe trucks “all the time,” but he is prohibited from doing anything about it. 

If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck and need help with your claim, contact attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.  

 

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