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Is the Idea of a Semi-Only Lane Smart?

AdobeStock_71699169-e1488473097520.jpegRight now, in Georgia, the traffic division is considering the creation of adding traffic lanes to certain major highways just for semis and larger trucks. The motivation for this semi-only lane is to try and reduce the problems created by increased passenger and cargo traffic on the roads. The semi-only lanes would include a barrier, separating them from the other lanes. The question is, would this idea be beneficial for other states, as well?

There are thought to be several benefits offered when semi-only traffic lanes are created. In addition to separating passenger vehicles from larger, commercial trucks, the designated lanes would likely help to reduce traffic congestion.

Cars vs. Semis

In any type of automobile accident, but especially those that take place at higher speeds, passenger vehicles such as motorcycles and cars just cannot compete with semi-trucks. The sheer weight and size of these trucks can turn even the smallest collision into a devastating accident for those inside the passenger vehicle.

Also, semis are also prone to a number of other issues, which include:

  • Vehicle fires
  • Rolling and tipping
  • Jackknifing
  • Speeding
  • Tire blowouts
  • Brake failures
  • Vehicles that are unsafe due to improper maintenance
  • Drivers that are too tired
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Overloaded cargo

If passenger vehicles and motorcycles no longer had to share the road with these larger trucks, the occurrences of dangerous accidents would definitely be reduced.

Accidents Involving Semis in Kansas City: Surprising Stats

The fact is, semi-trucks are large, heavy and extremely dangerous in some situations. Getting to know some of the facts can help you better understand why these semi-only lanes are being considered.

  • A large semi-truck and a loaded trailer can weigh up to 80,000 sounds and be up to 75 feet in length.
  • There are more than 15.5 million trucks operating in the U.S.
  • Almost 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the U.S.
  • Every year, more than 200 people in Missouri alone die in trucking accidents.
  • More than 2000 truck accidents occur in Missouri each year that result in personal injuries.

Why it May be Time to Take Action

With more and more vehicles on the road each year, it may be time for states to begin taking action to minimize the accidents and personal injuries that occur. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by creating semi-only lanes. While this may not be a change that is seen quickly, it is likely one that is going to be implemented all over the U.S. in the coming years. It helps protect you, your loved ones, and others while on the road, making everyone safer.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact Sullivan Trial Law today for help with your personal injury claim.

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