Posted in Blog on July 22, 2019
When the weather heats up, so does the number of traffic crashes on the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) tells us that the peak months for car accidents in the US are August and September. In Georgia, we see traffic begin to pick up right as schools let out. Not only do we have our own tourist destinations, but plenty of people are also traveling through heading to Florida and other popular spots. You will also notice that there are more commercial truck activities on our roadways. Does this mean there are more truck accidents during the summer?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,761 fatalities and 148,000 injures due to large truck crashes in the US in 2017.
There are several reasons that these crashes are more common in the summer months.
A fully loaded commercial semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Compare that to the average 4,000-pound passenger vehicles, and you can see why a truck crash can be so devastating. Large truck crashes can affect dozens of vehicles on the roadways. Some of the common injuries associated with the large truck crashes include:
It is vital that drivers be aware of their surroundings when riding around larger trucks. Be on the lookout for all large trucks, not just tractor-trailers. All of the issues mentioned above matter for dump trucks, garbage, trucks, takers, moving trucks, and more. Passenger vehicle drivers should give trucks plenty of space on the roadways.
Truck drivers and truck companies should always be in compliance with the laws and regulations regarding safe operation. This means drivers taking required rests and not carrying more than allowed by law. Companies should always regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle in their fleet to prevent the possibility of vehicle failure.