Georgia in Top Five in U.S. for Fatal Large Truck Crashes
ATLANTA, GA. – According to an online story reported at globenewswire.com, Georgia is in the top five in the United States for fatal large truck crashes. The non-profit organization Road Safe America, of Atlanta, Georgia, recently analyzed large truck accident data for all U.S. states from 2009 to 2017 and found that these crashes are increasing around the country.*
Across the United States, almost 36,000 people died in accidents involving large trucks between 2009 and 2017. Commercial trucks are actually driving fewer miles as the years pass, but they are involved in higher numbers of accidents.
In 2017, according to Road Safe America, Georgia had the fourth-highest number of deadly large truck crashes in the nation. The state fell behind Texas, California, and Florida, and it landed in front of Pennsylvania in the top five. The largest fatal truck accident increases between 2009 and 2017 were seen in Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Texas, and Nevada.
Road Safe America has been advocating for federal or state government intervention in the form of regulations on speed and safety features in large trucks. All trucks should either adhere to a lower speed limit requirement or should be equipped with speed governors, the organization says. Road Safe American says large trucks should also be outfitted with mandatory emergency braking technology.
“The sad fact is that many of these deaths could have been avoided if use of existing speed limiting and automatic emergency braking technologies had been the law,” said Steve Owings, co-founder of Road Safe America. “Most of the states in this top five list have truck speed limits of 70 mph or more. There is no good reason for big-rigs that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, or more in some states, to be operating at speeds this high since they cannot stop in the same distance in an emergency as vehicles with which they share the roads.”
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