May 2018 Archives

Drowsy driving just as hazardous as drunk driving

The typical Georgia motorist has probably driven while drowsy at some point in their life. Statistics indicate that 60 percent of U.S. drivers are guilty of driving drowsy at least once, and approximately one-third have actually nodded off while operating a vehicle.

Avoiding truck accidents with five tips

Across Georgia and the rest of the U.S., thousands of commercial truck drivers are on the roads, working long hours and sometimes exceeding the number of hours allotted to them each day. Truck accidents are all too common, and they also tend to be the most impactful, resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. Below are five ways that trucking companies can help keep their employees and others on the road safe.

Software startup could prove useful to trucking companies

Considering that most of Georgia's freight cargo is carried by commercial vehicles, the trucking industry is a vital part of the economy. Unfortunately, some truckers are prone to accidents. Part of the reason is that many truck drivers work long hours -- as much as 70 hours, in fact, over the course of their eight-day workweek. This means they're often drowsy behind the wheel.

Study casts doubt on effectiveness of distracted driving laws

The Georgia General Assembly passed a distracted driving bill on March 29 that bans the use of cellphones by drivers. Hands-free devices are still permitted under House Bill 673, but the results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that devices designed to allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel may be just as dangerous as standard cellphones.