Atlanta Truck Accidents
Posted in truck accident on January 3, 2022
In 2019, Georgia saw 217 large truck and bus fatalities. Many of these fatal accidents happen in the Atlanta Metro area.
What Roads are the Most Dangerous in the Atlanta Metro Area?
In the Atlanta area, there are several areas that see a high number of 18-wheeler accidents due to the heavy traffic on the highways in the area. One of the most dangerous is I-285, a road that once made the list as the most dangerous interstate in the U.S. This 64-mile road circles Atlanta, and the interstate is frequently used by local motorists who drive around the city.
Another dangerous road is I-75, which stretches for approximately 300 miles. This interstate has some of the heaviest traffic in Georgia.
Other dangerous roads in and around Atlanta include:
- Old National Highway at mile marker 312;
- Interstate 85 at mile marker 18½;
- Interstate 20 at mile marker 44;
- Martin Luther King Jr Drive SW at mile marker 126½; and
- State Route 14 Connector at mile marker 313.
What Types of Semi Accidents Happen in Atlanta?
Atlanta drivers may think about “truck accidents” as involving crashes with large commercial trucks such as big rigs and tractor-trailers. However, these dangerous accidents can also involve large delivery trucks, refrigerated trucks, dump trucks, oil and gas trucks, large box trucks, and big semi tow trucks.
Many motorists in Atlanta are injured every week in truck accidents. The most common types of truck accidents include the following:
- Head-on truck accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end truck accidents
- Underride accidents
- Side-impact accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Cargo-related accidents
What are the Most Frequent Causes of Atlanta Truck Accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has found that a large percentage of truck accidents in Georgia and around the U.S. are due to driver-related issues. The leading driver-related factors include the following:
- Reckless or careless driving;
- Distracted or inattentive driving, e.g., texting, eating, or being “in a fog”;
- Following too close to the vehicle in front of them;
- Impairment by fatigue, alcohol, or illness;
- Excessive speed;
- Failing to stay in the proper lane;
- Failing to yield the right of way to other motorists;
- Improper lane changes;
- Overcorrecting the truck in traffic causing other motorists to react suddenly;
- Failing to obey traffic signs, controls, or law enforcement; and
- Impaired vision by weather, road design, and other vehicles.
Our Atlanta semi accident lawyers at Tobin Injury Law also know that there are a number of other factors that can cause semi accidents. The most frequent causes and contributing factors of tractor-trailer accidents include the following:
- Improperly loaded cargo that creates road hazards;
- Improper tractor-trailer maintenance;
- Drivers exceeding their hours limit for operating the semi;
- Poor or a lack of truck driver training and driver safety programs; and
- Poor or incomplete truck inspections.
Speak to an Experienced Atlanta Accident Attorney
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