Top Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers Examine the State’s Most Dangerous Interstates
Representing victims of truck collisions on dangerous highways around Atlanta and Savannah
Accidents involving commercial trucks pose a greater risk of serious injuries or death than collisions between passenger vehicles. Fully loaded tractor-trailers can weigh 20 times more than a typical car. Because of this weight discrepancy, during a wreck, the passengers of the car tend to get the brunt of the impact.
In 2016 in Georgia, there were 179 fatalities in collisions involving a large truck, with thousands more injured. In addition, when certain stretches of roads and interstates are badly designed or are inherently hazardous, you could be at risk as a driver. If you were involved in a truck accident on a stretch of dangerous highway in Georgia, please read on, and contact Harris Lowry Manton LLP in Atlanta or Savannah for help with your case.
Why are certain highways or intersections dangerous for trucks?
Serious vehicle accidents can happen anywhere in Georgia or across the United States, but the Atlanta area, in particular, experiences a high number of truck accidents because of the heavily traveled highways in the area, including I-285, a road once deemed the most dangerous interstate in the country. Many of these accidents result in catastrophic injury or fatalities.
Common road conditions that can contribute to commercial truck crashes include:
- Construction and work zones
- Badly maintained roads
- Congested roads
- Intersections where more than two streets converge
- Roads with heavy bicycle or pedestrian traffic
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Blind intersections where visibility is blocked by trees or parked cars
Dangerous highways in Georgia
Here in Georgia, truck accidents can happen anywhere, but certain interstates and roads present a higher risk of accidents and collisions. Our area has an unusually high volume of trucking traffic, which can be extremely hazardous for passenger cars.
The following highways are some of the most dangerous interstates in Georgia:
- I-16 – This highway connecting Savannah and Macon is one of Georgia’s deadliest stretches of road. In 2015, 28 fatalities occurred on the 167-mile stretch. Eighteen of those accidents involved tractor-trailers.
- I-95 – Interstate 95 runs 1,926 miles from Florida to Maine, and right through the Savannah metro area. It’s the fifth most dangerous interstate in the United States, and has been in Everquote‘s top 10 for fatalities each year for the past six years.
- I-85 – This highway runs from Virginia to Alabama – right through the middle of Atlanta – and averages 0.568 fatalities per mile.
- I-75 – I-75 is approximately 300 miles long, with some of its heaviest traffic coming through Georgia. It runs similarly to I-85, with the two roads converging right in the heart of Atlanta. This highway is known for its high number of fatal truck accidents.
- I-20 – This interstate has more deadly crashes per mile than almost any main thoroughfare in Georgia. It, too, runs through the heart of Atlanta and has significant truck traffic.
Other dangerous roads and intersections
The Atlanta news site 11alive.com recently reported on some of the deadliest roads and highways in Georgia. Per this report, Atlanta is home to “13 of the deadliest stretches of roads.” 11 Alive compiled its own list, which includes I-20, I-75 and I-85, plus these smaller roads and intersections off of the interstates:
- Mike Padgett Hwy, Augusta
- Lee St. SW, Atlanta
- Wesley Chapel Rd., Decatur
- Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta
- Old National Hwy., Atlanta
- Houston Rd., Macon
More truck crash dangers
Any heavily traveled stretch of highway or road can become dangerous during times of increased traffic, like rush hour, holidays, inclement weather and construction conditions. American Trucker notes that during the holidays, vehicle traffic increases 36%, which also increases the chances of an accident. They also note the following statistics about truck accidents:
- More than 50% of trucks involved in highway crashes had at least one vehicle defect.
- 30% of these accidents were caused by equipment failure, including brakes, tires, lights, transmission or vehicle overload.
- More than 14% of accidents were caused by bad weather such as rain (which contributes to 72% of weather-related accidents), fog and snow.
Talk to our Georgia truck crash lawyers for skilled representation today
If you were injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced attorneys at Harris Lowry Manton LLP are standing by to help. We fight for the rights of our clients and pursue every avenue available to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Our legal team dedicates its resources and skills to your case. Please call 404-961-7650 in Atlanta or 912-651-9967 in Savannah, or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.