18-Wheeler Collides with Pickup Truck on Interstate 20 Eastbound
COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at wrdw.com, a person died after a truck slammed into an 18-wheeler.*
Per the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at approximately 6:50 a.m. at exit 183 eastbound. The police are currently investigating the accident. There are no further details on the accident at this time.
It is not uncommon for trucking accidents to occur due to blind spots, also known as “no zones,” making it difficult for the trucker to see other vehicles. The no zones of a truck are as follows:
- Front: The cab of a truck is higher up than other vehicles on the roadway. This makes it difficult for a trucker to see other vehicles, especially those that cut in front of them.
- Sides: When a vehicle is on the left or right side of a truck, it is impossible for truckers to see them. This can lead to dangerous sideswipe accidents.
- Rear: Truck drivers cannot see directly behind them. If a car follows a truck too closely, this could cause the vehicle to possibly impact underneath the truck. Often times, these accidents lead to serious, and even fatal crashes.
- The Truck’s Turning Radius: Trucks require a significant amount of space to make a turn. A driver may need to swing wide so as to make an opposite turn. This can create difficulty for a trucker to see other drivers, pedestrians or bicyclists.
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