Semi-Truck Drivers Cause Numerous Collisions in Georgia

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As a Georgia attorney specializing in commercial vehicle collisions, I have been alarmed by the frequency with which interstate commercial carriers are causing collisions on Georgia highways. Early this year, the Georgia Department of Public Safety issued a statement noting among other things that over a three year period there were 365 crashes around Cook County and Valdosta involving commercial vehicles and other cars or objects. You can do the math and figure out how many commercial vehicle collisions must have taken place statewide during that time period—-that is an alarming figure. Of the 365 crashes in the two areas mentioned, there were 389 injuries and 20 fatalities….and that’s just in a small section of Georgia. We have to do better and commercial drivers have to do better.

What can a driver of a passenger car do? Keep substantial distance between your car and a tractor-trailer. Semi-truck drivers are often distracted, texting, tired, speeding, and otherwise inattentive. The safest practice is to keep away from big-rigs on Georgia highways. When merging onto the highway, yield to the big truck…you don’t want to see who wins a “battle” between your Honda and a 60,000 pound tractor-trailer.

What can commercial drivers do? First, remember that you have a CDL – A Commercial Driver’s License. You are a professional driver…act like one. Don’t speed. Put down the cell phone. Keep a proper lookout for passenger cars. CDL drivers know that a wreck between their truck and a smaller car can cause catastrophic personal injury. Be safe–no delivery is worth risking a human life or taking risks.

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