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By Jarome Gautreaux

In recent years, Georgia has witnessed a concerning rise in truck delivery accidents, posing significant road safety and management challenges. These incidents not only disrupt the flow of goods but also lead to severe injuries and, in some cases, fatalities. The increasing frequency of these accidents highlights a need for stringent safety measures and better training for truck drivers. With freight movement happening regularly on Georgia’s extensive road network, understanding and addressing the causes of these accidents has become a critical issue for state transportation authorities.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) records show that Georgia had 192 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2016, 207 in 2017, 179 in 2018, and 180 in 2019 (the most recent years for which the FMCSA has published data). These numbers average around 190 fatal large truck crashes yearly, with even more non-fatal accidents.

In addition to fatalities, truck accidents contribute to many injuries and property damage. For example, in 2016, there were 104,000 large trucks involved in injury crashes across the United States, and truck accidents injured 145,000 people. Moreover, there were 388,000 large trucks involved in property damage-only accidents nationwide​​.

Regarding the standard times and locations of truck crash fatalities in Georgia, most fatal crashes with large trucks occur in rural areas (61%) and interstate highways (27%). Most large truck crashes, both fatal and non-fatal, happen on weekdays. Additionally, a notable proportion of deadly crashes, injuries, and property damage-only crashes occur at night​​.

There are some updated Georgia truck statistics as of 2023, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSC).  They are as follows:

  • Total Number of Large Truck Accidents: 6608
  • Number of Non-Fatal Accidents: 6390
  • Number of Fatality Accidents: 218
  • Total Number of Fatalities: 246
  • Total Number of Injuries: 2,864

A comparative analysis is helpful to determine how these statistics have changed over time and whether truck accidents have increased or decreased. As you can see from the above figures, the rate of fatal truck accidents in Georgia has reportedly increased over the past decade, underscoring the need for enhanced commercial vehicle enforcement and driving laws. Despite efforts leading to decreased traffic violations since 2014, the number of truck accidents remains a concern​​.

These statistics highlight the ongoing challenges in managing truck safety on Georgia’s roads, indicating a critical need for continued focus on safety measures and regulations to reduce the frequency and severity of truck-related accidents.

Various Aspects Which Affect The Statistics Related To Truck Accidents in Georgia

To provide a detailed discussion surrounding these statistics related to truck accidents in Georgia, we can examine various aspects such as the frequency of accidents, the common causes, the locations where they most frequently occur, the types of trucks involved, and the consequences of these accidents in terms of fatalities, injuries, and economic impacts.

  • Frequency of Accidents: This would involve looking at the number of truck accidents occurring annually in Georgia. It is important to distinguish between trucks such as semi-trailers, tankers, and delivery trucks, as the accident rates might vary.
  • Common Causes: Understanding the common causes of truck accidents is crucial. This can include factors like driver fatigue, speeding, mechanical failures, improper loading, and driving under the influence. Weather conditions and road infrastructure in Georgia also play a significant role.
  • Geographical Distribution: Some areas in Georgia might be more prone to truck accidents than others. For example, highways, intersections, and urban areas might show increased patterns of accidents.
  • Consequences of Accidents: This involves looking at the outcomes of these accidents, such as the number of fatalities and injuries, as well as the economic impact. The severity of accidents can vary widely, from minor fender-benders to multi-vehicle pile-ups with significant casualties.
  • Impact of Regulations and Safety Measures: A discussion is warranted on the effect of safety regulations, like hours-of-service rules for truck drivers, vehicle maintenance standards, and road safety campaigns. This also includes the role of technology such as advanced braking systems and electronic logging devices in reducing accidents.
  • Preventive Measures and Recommendations: Based on the statistics and causes, certain recommended measures can be taken by trucking companies, drivers, and the government to reduce the incidence and severity of truck accidents.
  • Legal and Insurance Implications: Understanding the legal framework surrounding truck accidents in Georgia is important, including liability issues, insurance claims, and the role of state and federal laws.


Many factors come into play when considering the statistics regarding truck delivery accidents in Georgia. If you have been injured due to a truck accident, you may have a legal claim for your injuries. Gautreaux Law has highly skilled attorneys who can help protect your interests if you find that you are one of the many individuals included in the statistics above and have been injured due to a truck accident. If this is the case, contact our office for a complimentary consultation regarding your potential case.

About the Author
Jarome Gautreaux is a personal injury trial lawyer. He represents people who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of people killed because of carelessness or negligence. For over 20 years, he has successfully recovered more than 100 million dollars in a variety of Macon personal injury cases. Jarome’s reputation for client focus and case success has led to other lawyers requesting his assistance with complex personal injury litigation. What drives Jarome every day is his strong belief that the amount of money someone has should not dictate the justice they receive. It is for this reason that he has never worked for corporations, insurance companies, or other interest groups. Instead, he thrives on helping the people who need it most- people who have suffered at the hands of others and deserve compensation.