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Monday, November 16, 2015

Bill May Increase Risk of Personal Injury Caused By Trucks Accidents

The number of accidents involving trucks in Georgia is on the rise – including the biggest and heaviest tractor-trailers and cement trucks on our roads and highways.  The root causes of this increase have been attributed to a number of factors, including the lack of safety inspections and driver’s compensation.   That’s why it is even more alarming that a transportation bill currently in Congress will relax safety standards even further.

The $325 billion transportation policy bill that already passed through the U.S. House eliminates mandatory rest breaks for truckers in certain states, removes federal safety ratings information from the Internet and allows truck drivers younger than 21 to cross state lines.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) quotes Cathy Chase from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety as describing the bill as a “huge lost opportunity to advance safety.”

Regarding younger drivers, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (Atlanta, Dem) was quoted as saying “To have 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds driving these very large trucks, 80,000 pounds, and all these young people, they’re not as careful.”

Advocates for the bill justify the measures by saying that younger drivers can help fill the current labor shortage.   They also believe the safety information currently posted online is misleading because it downgrades the safety scores for any trucking company that is involved in an accident – even accidents for which they are not found at fault. 

As personal injury attorneys living and working south of Atlanta along the busy I-75 corridor, we have seen firsthand the devastating aftermath of accidents with large commercial trucks.  Already, the rate of accidents involving commercial vehicles in Georgia has increased an alarming 38 percent between 2011 – 2013. 

Given these risk factors, we urge everyone to drive carefully on our roads – particularly during the upcoming holiday season.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, we’re here to help.  Contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com  or call 770-389-4864.


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