Category: Vehicle Accidents

MARTA Bus Kills Pedestrian Who Was Using a Legal Crosswalk

In one of the more senseless MARTA accidents yet, a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a bus while crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at H.E Holmes drive in Atlanta. It was about 1:15 in the afternoon on Sunday, June 7th — in other words, broad daylight, and not during peak commuting hours. The pedestrian died at the scene, and an investigation indicated that the bus had run over the victim. No identifying information has been released, except that the victim was an adult. Crimi...

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 ...

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 Savann...

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...

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 ...

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 Amazo...

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. Drive...

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 cos...

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. T...

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 autono...