Trucks are the backbone of Georgia's economy as well as the main supplier of the goods that people in the state consume. They are the only options to bring the required food and products to the many communities away from the Atlantic Ocean or train lines.
Tractor-trailers and tankers can be dangerous around other vehicles. The volume of trucks and their loads makes collisions more forceful and destructive, and even indirect contact can be seriously injurious or even fatal for people in nearby cars and trucks. The lack of maneuverability also makes it less likely that truck drivers can correct for changes in time to avoid crashes.
As transportation officials project that truck traffic will double in Georgia by 2040, some are advocating for a trucks-only highway from metropolitan Atlanta to Macon. This link between several segments of the interstate highway system would relieve congestion for drivers of cars and trucks, as well as reducing the likelihood of a collision between commercial and noncommercial vehicles.
"I think it's going to unclog a lot of the traffic," one truck driver said about the plan. "Because these trucks are huge, we can't move as fast as other people. They do not want to let you over."
Victims of harmful collisions with trucks or other heavy vehicles may feel the need to claim financial damages to replace the assets lost on expensive periods of recovery and the income lost because of injury or disability. Legal representation is an important step towards that sort of claim. An attorney may be the best adviser in difficult times.