- March 22, 2018
- Attorney Matt Stoddard
- Catastrophic Injury
The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to introduce truck-only lanes along a 40-mile stretch of I-75. If the proposal goes through, lanes dedicated exclusively to the use of heavy trucks will be built on the northbound lanes between Macon and McDonough. The $2 billion project would reduce truck traffic in those lanes, which may be extremely important, considering that truck traffic is expected to double by 2040.
Although Gov. Nathan Deal says the new highway project is “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like,” the project’s detractors claim that $2 billion is too great a price for a new lane system that may not produce the intended results.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a negligent truck driver, or any other driver, contact The Stoddard Firm for a free consultation. Contact us online or call us at 678-RESULTS.
Why Do the Trucking Companies Want Truck-Only Lanes?
One of the major reasons trucking companies want truck-only lanes is so their trucks can do platooning. Platooning is when three or more big trucks drive in a row, reducing wind resistance and saving trucking companies an average of 7 to 9 percent on fuel costs.
Platooning is not standard practice on most interstates, because three big trucks in a row make for a serious visual obstacle for other drivers. Truck-only lanes would allow truckers to engage in platooning on a much wider scale, giving trucking companies the chance to save 7 to 9 percent while keeping other drivers safe from danger or obstruction. They would also allow trucks to carry heavier payloads, because the lanes would be built to support fully-loaded trucks.
What Would Truck-Only Lanes Mean for Non-Truck Drivers?
Early indications from a 2008 study suggest that truck-only lanes will significantly reduce the number of deadly crashes in the areas where they’ve been built. The study of a small-scale installation of a truck-only lane found that the lane reduced the rate of deadly crashes by 30 percent and reduced traffic congestion by 40 percent.
Critics of the truck-only lanes say that it’s being built only as a benefit for the trucking industry. A representative of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association says that isn’t true. Granted, the truck-only lanes will significantly benefit the trucking industry, but that new business should benefit all of Georgia. With the decreases in congestion and deadly crashes, the new lanes should also be a real benefit for all drivers, no matter what their vehicle.
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured In An Accident
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, you should first seek medical attention. You should also make sure you contact authorities. If your injuries were the result of neglect by another party, you should seek legal assistance. The Stoddard Firm has years of experience handling accident injuries, and we even offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Call us at 678-RESULTS.