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Trying to prevent 18-wheeler crashes

The big rigs rolling in and out of Atlanta on I-285 and other highways are in many ways the economic lifeblood of our city, bringing in needed goods and taking to others some of our locally produced goods. At the same time, the enormous tractor-trailers pose a real danger to those of us in passenger vehicles.

We know that a momentary lapse of attention, judgment or skill on the part of a truck driver can lead to an 18-wheeler crash that results in severe injuries or fatalities. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance wants to make commercial trucks safer for those who drive them and for those who share the highways with them. Part of that effort is the organization's recently announced annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz. 

This year's event will be held June 6 to 8 and will focus on cargo securement. The CVSA says that by shining a light on cargo, it hopes to remind drivers and fleet owners of the importance of proper securement.

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration a few years ago studied the causes of large truck accidents, it looked at the role played by cargo and load securement. Common problems associated with load-related rollovers are loads that are "too heavy, insecurely fastened or mounted too high in the truck."

An improperly secured load can apparently appear to be fine on level, straight roads, but problems can quickly become evident on ramps and curves or when the trucker changes lanes. Unsurprisingly, load problems are magnified when truckers use poor judgment and drive too fast for conditions.

No matter what the cause of a crash involving commercial vehicles, those who are most likely to suffer are the motorists in much smaller, lighter passenger vehicles.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help truck accident victims and their families fight for full and fair compensation for all damages, including medical bills, lost wages, disabilities and more.

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