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What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents in Georgia?

US Department of Transportation statistics show that 3,986 people died in truck accidents during 2016. In Georgia, there were 179 truck accident fatalities that same year. A previous blog discussed truck accidents involving logging trucks. However, there are other types of truck accidents that frequently occur in Georgia. Common truck accidents in Georgia include but are not limited to: Lost load accidents. Commercial trucks may sometimes lose the loads they are hauling. In many cases, this occurs when loads are not properly secured. Debris can fall from a commercial truck and hit other motorists. Some objects, such as logs, are capable of causing catastrophic injuries or deaths when they strike other vehicles. Fatigued driving accidents. Truck drivers can fall asleep at the wheel and hit other motorists. Fatigued driving accidents may occur when truckers violate hours-of-service rules. In other cases, truckers may be suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Certain…
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Why Are Logging Trucks Dangerous for Georgia Motorists?

Logging trucks are a common sight in Macon and across Georgia. You probably see the logging trucks during your day-to-day travels. These trucks are also a cause of Macon truck accidents that involve injuries or deaths. Last month, three people suffered injuries after a logging truck flipped over at the intersection on Jefferson Road. Police said the logging truck driver ran through a red light. Logging trucks are heavy vehicles, even when they are not fully loaded. Minor collisions with these vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries or death. Logging trucks may crash for reasons that include but are not limited to: Improperly secured loads. There are multiple types of accidents that may occur when logging truck loads are not properly secured. Logs may come loose and hit other motorists. In addition, unsecured logs may shift while the vehicle is in motion. This may cause the truck to tip over…
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Can the ELD Mandate Prevent Truck Accidents in Georgia?

Last December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began requiring many commercial trucks to install electronic logging devices (ELDs). Although there are exceptions to the mandate, more than three million commercial trucks were required to have ELDs installed by December 17. These devices synchronize with a truck’s engine to record driving time, vehicle miles and location information. The ELD mandate can help roadside inspectors verify hours-of-service compliance. Hours-of-service rules dictate how long commercial truckers can drive their vehicles before they must take rest breaks. These regulations were created to prevent fatigued commercial drivers from causing accidents. For many years, commercial truck drivers recorded their hours of service compliance in paper logbooks. Paper logbooks had several weaknesses. Truck drivers could violate the regulations by falsifying their driving hours. In other cases, they would make errors in the logbooks without realizing they were not in compliance. ELDs automatically record information directly…
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