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What dangers do commuters face around big rigs?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2021 | Personal Injury |

There are a lot of interstates that run through or around the Atlanta metro area, including I-20, I-75, I-85 and I-285. There are also heavily congested highways like the Georgia 400. Each of these seems to be busy, no matter the time of day.

Research shows that accidents occur most often between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. This happens to be when most commuters are tired, driving home from a long day at work. What are some reasons why a crash is most likely to occur during rush hour?

Trucks are why you should fear rush hour

Truckers must often deliver their loads within a very short timeline. Sometimes that means that they drive faster than they should, try to make up for the lost time in traffic, or they get less rest than they should. Many truckers do this not only because their trucking companies put pressure on them to do so but also because many of their employers reward them for the quicker deliveries and the more work that they take on. This can make the roadways quite unsafe.

Another danger associated with sharing the road with truckers is that so many of the ones out on the road today are far less trained than they used to be. Over the past few years, there’s been a mass retirement of career truckers, leaving less experienced ones on the road. This transition in the workforce has been accompanied by distractions coming from engaging podcasts, the internet, smartphones and other gadgets. 

Other failures such as truckers not taking time to properly inspect their trucks for safety before taking off on their trip also put the rest of us who share the roads with them at risk of collision. 

There are a lot of dangers that we face when sharing the road with truckers. If an accident with one resulted in you suffering injuries, then you likely have some sizable medical bills. Filing a personal injury claim may be an option to recover compensation to help you pay them.