Heavy trucks operating at high speeds are a threat on Georgia roads. These trucks are more likely than any other vehicles to cause catastrophic accidents. Trucks are larger, heavier and more powerful than they’ve ever been. When you factor in things such as distracted driving, it’s no surprise that there’s an increase in catastrophic truck accidents.
The physical threat posed by heavy trucks
Truck accidents are often more serious than accidents involving other types of vehicles. But truck weight plays a role in the likelihood of an accident. Trucks weighing over 80,000 pounds have a higher crash rate than lighter vehicles.
It’s not precisely clear why heavier trucks tend to cause more accidents. One possible reason is that a heavier truck is possibly hard to control. A highly-skilled truck driver might have difficulty driving a truck weighing over 80,000 pounds. Perhaps it’s more challenging to control the truck or perform safety procedures, such as braking.
Weather conditions can also affect the driver’s ability to control the truck. An already hard-to-control truck is even more dangerous on slippery and icy roads. Adverse weather conditions such as rain and fog can also hinder driving ability. All of these factors increase the risk of accidents involving trucks and endanger motorists and pedestrians.
Threats to roads and bridges
Heavier trucks put a strain on bridges and freeways. Most bridges and freeways aren’t built to accommodate the weight of modern heavy trucks. Over time, the weight of these trucks can cause structural damage that can lead to collapses and dangerous road conditions.
The debate over heavier trucks
People will continue to debate the dangers caused by heavier trucks. But it’s unlikely that these trucks will disappear from public roads. One possible response is to prioritize safety for all drivers and pedestrians.