Truck accidents can seriously impact Georgia residents. Head-on collisions can be more severe and can leave victims dealing with catastrophic injuries and even fighting for their lives.
Causes of head-on collisions with trucks
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, around 4,000 people die each year after head-on collisions with large trucks. These accidents are not very common compared to other types as they only account for 3% of all truck accidents. Distracted driving is one of the main causes. When a trucker is engaged in some other action while driving, it increases the risk.
Fatigued driving commonly leads to head-on accidents. The driver drifts off, losing focus and control.
Driving under the influence takes away a truck driver’s ability to safely control the vehicle. When alcohol is involved, reaction time, judgment and reflexes are all compromised and a head-on collision can happen.
Some accidents occur because of medical emergencies. For example, if a truck driver suffers a heart attack behind the wheel, they could lose control of the truck and crash into another vehicle.
No matter what leads to a head-on truck accident, the consequences can be deadly. Many people suffer serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, broken bones and amputations. In the worst-case scenario, a passenger vehicle can be crushed in a head-on collision with a truck, which can kill the occupants.
Avoiding head-on collisions with trucks
Although some accidents can’t be prevented, drivers can reduce their risks of head-on collisions when sharing the road with trucks. One way to do that is to always remain visible. Trucks have multiple blind spots that can compromise the visibility of smaller vehicles.
Always avoid distractions when driving. Follow the rules of the road and all road signs to avoid wrong-way driving.
Stay alert at all times when behind the wheel. Remain sober and avoid driving if you’re fatigued. If you do drink or become overly tired, try to find an alternative way home. Also, always wear your seatbelt.
You can’t control the actions of truck drivers, but you can do your part to be as safe as possible.