Large truck crashes have increased in Georgia and across the U.S. over the past few years. In 2017, 4,102 people were killed in truck crashes nationwide. This represented a 28 percent spike over 2009. Of the people killed, 17 percent were truck drivers or truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and 14 percent were bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians.
Drivers in Georgia and anywhere else who drive while impaired may increase their risk of getting into an accident. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is pushing for more consistent rules when it comes to testing drivers for drugs. The organization says that in 2006, 30 percent of drivers who were tested for drugs after dying in a vehicle crash tested positive for drugs. That number was 46 percent in 2015.