The presence of tractor trailers automatically makes conditions more dangerous. People in smaller vehicles constantly jostle in and out of lanes as if the big rigs are moving chicanes, doing so in the the large trucks’ blind spots and causing them to make evasive moves or hit those cars. Those maneuvers are often what causes the big rigs to overturn or to plow into other vehicles, thus making for nastier wrecks.
Stir in some out-of-town drivers searching for their exits or unfamiliar with the sharp turns in the I-285/I-20 interchange in DeKalb County or the other tricky one just a few miles away at I-75 in Clayton, and the recipe is in place for more crashes. More wrecks, means more chances of fatal ones.
Every interstate in Frostenson’s top 10 list was in or near a large metropolitan area. So naturally that means more commuters, more tourists, and a higher crash probability.
With this fact in mind, drive with even more awareness on I-285. Think twice before trying to squeeze between two tractor trailers, as you move to exit at the last second. Read the signs and obey the speed limits on those sharp transition ramps on the south side Perimeter. And, please, don’t stray your eyes to your smart device. With all of the aforementioned variables swirling around I-285, you just cannot afford to miss one. That could be the difference in life and death.