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Georgia’s Heavy Truck Traffic Has Claimed Several More Lives

With its intense traffic congestion and high volume of long-haul shipping trucks, Georgia is a dangerous place to be a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Right now, as businesses reopen and more people return to the roads, the frequency of fatal tractor-trailer accidents is also returning to its usual tragic level. “Spaghetti Junction” Can Be as Dangerous as It Is Frustrating The pictures that have been circulating recently of a fatal two-truck crash on Spaghetti Junction represent just one of a long series of deaths related to the second-worst traffic bottleneck in the country. This well-named interchange funnels together commercial and commuter vehicles and forces them to compete over complicated lane changes in a short space of time and road, leading to costly misjudgments. In a…

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Georgia’s Roads Are Still Not Ready to Accommodate the Port of Savannah’s Increasing Capacity

For the past several years, the Port of Savannah has been working to expand its operations by upgrading its facilities, installing new equipment, and increasing its footprint. The problem is that improvements at the port don’t only affect port operations. They affect shipping traffic all over Georgia, which in turn affects the safety of everyone on the road. Improvements to the Port of Savannah Have Focused on Moving More Cargo, Faster In 2017, the Garden City terminal in the Port of Savannah added four new cranes for loading and unloading cargo, giving it the largest crane fleet of any port terminal in the U.S. It also announced its plans to add an additional four in 2018, bringing its total to 30. Once construction was completed,…

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The Corona Virus Could Be Making Amazon Drivers Deadlier

As the global COVID-19 pandemic keeps people indoors, the demand for delivery services has naturally risen. With its nearly 50% share of all online sales in the US, and a significant footprint overseas as well, this means big changes for the ecommerce giant, Amazon. Because of the overload of their infrastructure, Amazon has been refusing since March 17th to accept shipments of what they consider non-essential goods from their suppliers. To put that into perspective, after years of doing its best to dominate the supply of almost everything people buy, Amazon is currently turning business away. In a time when people are looking for ways to keep themselves and their children in good spirits at home, and when bricks-and-mortar stores carrying things like videogames, board…

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New Truck Lanes for the I-75 Could Improve Both Traffic and Safety

A construction project intended to ease congestion on I-75 is currently gaining momentum with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The idea has been in the works for over a year already, but after recently moving it up the priority list, GDOT now estimates that construction will be completed by 2028. As it currently stands, the plan is to add two northbound truck lanes, separated by a concrete divider, running from Macon to McDonough. Commercial trucks would be required to use these lanes instead of regular commuter lanes, except when making a stop within the I-75 corridor. Atlanta is a major commercial hub, and as a result, commercial big rigs currently make up 35% of traffic along the proposed route, a ratio that’s expected to…

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Amazon’s New Warehouses Mean More Deaths on Georgia’s Roads

Right on the heels of announcing a new warehouse to be constructed in Gwinnett County, Amazon is also planning to build one in Newman, promising to create 1,500 new jobs across both facilities. What Amazon, Governor Kemp, and other proponents of the warehouses aren’t talking about is the impact they will have on local traffic and the safety of Georgia’s drivers. The proposed Newman warehouse is expected be 1 million square feet in size and used for packing and shipping out individual Amazon customer orders. That means these orders will be driven from this warehouse to customers’ homes, or to the next step on their shipping journey, aboard Amazon vehicles that often do not stick to established shipping routes. Even if it were not for…

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Pickup Driver Killed in Head-On Collision with MARTA Bus

In Fulton County, on September 6th, the driver of a pickup truck crossed the center lane of Roosevelt Highway and veered into oncoming traffic. The pickup collided head-on with a MARTA bus, killing the pickup driver and injuring the bus driver. Thankfully, there were no passengers aboard the bus at the time, and no one else was injured, though the highway did need to be shut down to facilitate an investigation. It’s not clear what caused the pickup driver to swerve into the bus’s lane. Drivers Need to Take Care When Maneuvering Around Buses Even though the bus driver was not at fault, according to police, this collision is one of a long, ongoing pattern of MARTA-involved accidents. Only a day after the Roosevelt Highway…

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Savannah Harbor Expansion Will Likely Increase Tractor-Trailer Fatalities in Georgia

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, also known as SHEP, is currently underway, with the aim of accommodating the larger container vessels expected to arrive after the expansion of the Panama Canal. In spite of some stumbling blocks over funding and necessary environmental precautions, SHEP has been a highly anticipated project, backed by bipartisan support and expected to create as many as 370,000 new jobs. Deeper clearance for larger, more heavily-laden ships will also lower shipping costs for business of all sizes, while generally keeping the Port of Savannah a bustling hub of global commerce. Unfortunately, a robust shipping economy already takes a toll on state-wide road safety, which is likely to worsen when the expansion is complete. Lapses in Judgment Cost More Lives Around Tractor-Trailers…

Motorcycle Safety and Why It Matters

Motorcycle Safety and Why It Matters

The road is a potentially dangerous place for everyone. It can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In the event of an accident, motorcyclists are exposed. Unlike other drivers, motorcyclists have no external shielding or metal framework holding back the force of an accident. There’s no airbag ready to deploy and save them from harm. There’s no seatbelt to keep them from flying out of place. That’s why motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than other motorists. That’s why motorcyclists are 6 times more likely than other motorists to get injured in an accident. Motorcycle safety matters, because motorcyclists are in the most danger when accidents occur. We’ll give you some tips to stay safe when you ride. If you or…

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

On March 18, 2018, there was an Uber pedestrian fatality. The vehicle, which was going 40 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, gave no signs of slowing down before hitting and killing the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Herzberg was walking her bike across the street at the time. Uber test driver Rafael Vasquez was behind the wheel of the Uber Volvo XC90 SUV at the time of the accident to monitoring the vehicle as a safeguard, but when the accident occurred the vehicle was in fully autonomous mode – meaning the car was driving itself, with no control on the part of the test driver. Uber has been testing its autonomous vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Toronto for some time. This accident…

More US Deaths Being Caused by Unintentional Injuries

The year 2016 saw an all-time high in deaths from unintentional injuries—accidental deaths, in other words. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), unintentional injuries rank as the number three cause of death in the United States as of 2016. The NSC is dedicated to reducing the rates of accidental death and has a goal of ultimately reducing unintentional injury deaths to zero. The overall increase in accidental deaths is part of a major spike that occurred between 2014 and 2016, in which these fatalities increased by 18.6 percent. Further, 14,803 more people died in 2016 than in 2015, for a one-year increase of 10 percent. Accidental injuries are a constant threat for people of all ages. If you or a loved one has been…