Due to aging roadways and poor warnings on the highways themselves, truck rollover accidents are common in the Atlanta area and account for more than half of truck driver deaths each year. Three hundred truck occupants perish every year to rollover accidents and 3,000 are injured.
One likely contributing factor is the increase in freight travelling across Atlanta's highways, most of which were built back in the 1950s. Truck freight went up 4 percent in 2014 and may increase even more this year. This kind of weight on these aging roadways can cause significant wear.
Working to Stop the Increase in Rollovers
Lawmakers across the county are looking to find the funds to revamp their outdated highways to allow for easier and safer travel for semi-trucks. The price tag for such ambitious projects, however, could reach into the billions of dollars according to Steve Niswander, vice president of safety policy at the Groendyke Transport trucking company located in Oklahoma.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, danger abounds for truck drivers who face threats on the city's roadways each day. Since 2001, over 200 trucks have flipped near the city according to the American Transportation Research Institute and over 200 people have died in rollovers in the state of Georgia in this time.
In February 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a proposal to the White House to mandate that each semi-truck be outfitted with an electronic stability control which would take over braking on large trucks; technology currently mandated for SUVs, pickup trucks, and cars. The NHTSA hopes such regulations would help prevent thousands of crashes.
Although similar requirements for trucks exist in Europe, there is resistance for new regulations in the trucking industry. Director of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, Ted Scott, pointed to the fact that roughly 7 in 10 new trucks are fitted with some form of stability control. Instead, he believes the threat will not abate until older tractors are not utilized.
If you are harmed in a truck accident in Atlanta, you should speak with Kalka & Baer LLC for legal representation. Our firm understands how personal injury cases work and can recover the compensation you need!