It's difficult enough to drive in close proximity to commercial trucks when conditions are perfect. But throw wet weather into the mix, such as a rainstorm, and you're even more concerned about your ability to stay safe.
The landscape of commercial trucking has changed over the years, and with that has come a change in why truckers get into accidents. For example, truckers in Georgia and across the U.S. have a lot more distractions to contend with than previously. To take these changes into account, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be conducting a new large-truck causation study. The last time it did so was in the early 2000s.
Federal statistics show that large truck crashes have been on the rise in Georgia and around the country. A 2007 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that around 44% of two-vehicle accidents involving large trucks are caused primarily by the truck or truck driver.
Truckers in Georgia may want to look over the following tips on how to avoid jackknifing. Jackknifing, where a truck folds in on itself, can occur in one of two ways. The trailer wheels can lose traction after harsh braking, known as trailer jackknifing, or the tractor wheels do the same after the driver suddenly accelerates, known as tractor jackknifing. Both are bad and are usually the result of driver error.
Most of us have driven past a harrowing accident at some point. Some of the most frightening ones involve large trucks. The sheer size of semis, as well as the speed these trucks attain on the freeways, can result in devastating accidents. You and other Georgia residents may want to know the details on rollover accidents, which can be especially dangerous in multi-vehicle situations.
We read recently of a woman and two children involved in a violent crash south of Georgia. The 36-year-old Florida woman and two 8-year-old children had to be extricated from their Nissan Altima after it was in a crash with an 18-wheeler and became wedged under the big rig's trailer.
Sometimes, it can be frustrating to get caught behind a big truck when you are on your way somewhere and know that traveling behind the truck is going to slow you down a bit. However, driving responsibly and respectfully around semi-trucks is important as they are much larger than your passenger vehicle and can put you at extreme risk if you end up crashing into one in Georgia.