Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers Examine the State’s Most Dangerous Highways
Representing victims of truck collisions on dangerous roads 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 2020 in Georgia, there were 234 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?
- What are the most dangerous highways in Georgia?
- Why do Atlanta truck crashes happen?
- Do you have a truck accident attorney near me?
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 traffic 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
What are the most 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-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. In a 2019 study from com, 1-75 made an appearance on their “Most Dangerous Highways” list.
- I-20– This interstate was named the most deadly interstate in Georgia back in 2018, and appears on A Secure Life’s list. It, too, runs through the heart of Atlanta and has significant truck traffic.
- I-16– This highway connecting Savannah and Macon is one of Georgia’s deadliest stretches of road, and is the third in the state on the Secure Life list.
- I-85– This highway runs from Virginia to Alabama – right through the middle of Atlanta. FreightWaves reports it’s one of the most dangerous stretches of highways for truckers and has a high rate of commercial truck accidents.
- I-95– Interstate 95 runs 1,926 miles from Florida to Maine, and right through the Savannah metro area. The Zebra reports that it’s the most dangerous highway in the country.
Other dangerous roads and intersections
A 2022 study from MoneyGeek uncovered more deadly roads and intersection in the Atlanta metro area. They examined 4,307 fatal crashes that occurred between 2018 and 2020 to determine where the most fatalities occurred. According to their study, the top five most dangerous roads are:
- Georgia Highway 85 from I-75 to Springdale Drive
- I-285 from the Bouldercrest Road exit to the I-20 interchange
- I-285 between the Camp Creek Parkway interchange and the Riverdale Road exit
- I-20 from Panola Road to Candler Road
The analysis noted that “SR-42 from S. River Industrial Blvd SE to Wylie St. SE is the deadliest stretch of road in Georgia,” and that between “2018–2020, 12 fatal accidents occurred here.” Additionally, Fulton County had the highest number of fatal accidents.
Why do Atlanta truck crashes happen?
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. The amount of vehicles on the road always increases during the holidays, which also increases the chances of an accident. However, MoneyGeek’s research shows that, here in Georgia, October had the highest fatal accident rate.
When truck accidents do happen, they are often caused by the following:
- Vehicle defects that cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Equipment failure, including brakes, tires, lights, transmission or vehicle overload
- Bad weather like rain, fog and snow
Do you have a truck accident attorney near me?
Harris Lowry Manton LLP Atlanta office is located at 1418 Dresden Drive, in Brookhaven, Georgia. You’ll find plenty of local parking just a short walk away.
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 our offices in Atlanta or Savannah, or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.