Intestate driving is entirely different from driving on local or rural roads. For one, Georgia interstates typically have higher minimum and maximum speed limits than other roads, which generally means that drivers will be driving faster. These high speeds and reduced stopping times make it more likely for trucking accidents to occur.
What causes trucking accidents?
Trucking accidents on interstates occur for a multitude of reasons, many of which involve driver error. Here are a few common driver-related reasons for interstate trucking accidents.
Driving too fast
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, commercial truck drivers are more likely to speed than drivers of passenger vehicles. Driving the speed limit may still be considered negligent if the driver is driving too fast for conditions (e.g., bad weather).
Truck drivers often engage in distracted driving behaviors such as using a cell phone, eating, or using a navigation system while behind the wheel on drives across the country. Failing to pay attention to the road even for a few seconds can result in an accident.
Truck drivers spend many continuous hours behind the wheel to make sure that their deliveries reach their destination on time. However, federal regulations limit the number of hours a driver is permitted to drive without a break. Failing to adhere to these regulations or driving while drowsy may cause the drive to lose focus or fall asleep while driving, which may cause a collision.
Lack of training
Commercial trucks are more difficult to operate than standard passenger vehicles and require extensive training. A driver who is not properly licensed or trained is more likely to cause an accident.
Truck driver negligence is a leading cause of trucking accidents on the interstates in Georgia. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by the negligence of the other driver, you may have the right to compensation.