Tragic Cedartown Crash Kills One
CEDARTOWN, GA- Coosavalleynews.com writes that a man died in a collision on US 27 this week. The early morning wreck occurred when the victim was driving northbound and crossed into the southbound lanes where his vehicle collided head-on with a semi-truck. The truck then swerved causing it to collide with another tractor-trailer.*
Responders had to extricate the 76-year-old man from his car. He was rushed to the Floyd Medical Center, where he was declared dead a few hours after the crash.
Large truck crashes are becoming increasingly common throughout the country, even as vehicle occupants in passenger cars are dying in lower numbers. According to some truck drivers, the reason for many collisions is drivers in other vehicles who enter the path of a semi without realizing that the truck cannot slow, stop or maneuver as easily as a person in a smaller vehicle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the reason people in passenger vehicles are faring better on the road is that cars are being designed with sophisticated crash avoidance systems that are able to prevent many crashes that would otherwise have occurred. Trucks are also being designed with these features, but so far, it is not clear whether the same results will happen with these larger vehicles. Many in the industry are hoping that crash avoidance systems in trucks will be capable of cutting down on the number of crashes involving massive trucks.
Drivers who operate semis are often on the road for extended amounts of time, which can increase their risk of being involved in a collision. Fatigue sets in on long trips and makes it less likely that a driver will remain alert.
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Sources:https://coosavalleynews.com/2020/02/one-dead-in-cedartown-wreck/ and https://www.iihs.org/topics/large-trucks and https://www.nhtsa.gov/traffic-deaths-2018
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