Though car accidents are highlighted frequently in the media, Ohio residents may be surprised to hear that, on average, there are 11 truck accidents across the country in a single day. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, almost 4,000 people die annually in fatal truck accidents. In addition to this, more than 100,000 people sustain injuries in those incidents. Unfortunately, the number has only been increasing since 2009 as an improving economy sends more trucks shipping goods from one state to another.
The year has just begun, but an Ohio county has already seen eight traffic fatalities so far. Winter has been especially harsh this time around, and adverse weather conditions do contribute to car accidents. However, the cause behind the fatal accident that claimed the eighth life this year is unknown.
Readers of the Cincinnati Car Accident Law Blog may have read last week's post about icy conditions contributing to truck accidents across the state. Driving, one of the most common activities Ohio residents engage in, can also be dangerous, and adverse weather conditions only raise the risk. However, there are some preparations Ohio drivers can make to ensure they drive safely and avoid crashes whenever possible, even in extreme weather.
With winter comes snow and ice and residents in Ohio understand that this also means dangerous driving conditions. Although drivers are advised to stay off the roads during inclement weather, some residents have no choice but to take to the roads to get to their necessary destinations. When this occurs, it is important that drivers operate their vehicles with caution and are aware of other drivers on the roadways. This is especially true with large trucks, helping them avoid a serious truck accident.
When Ohio residents get behind the wheel feeling slightly sleepy, they may not think it is a big deal. However, drowsy driving contributes to thousands of crashes a year and if the vehicles involved in the accidents are of disparate sizes, the possible devastation may be more intense as well. This may often be the case in truck accidents, where large 18 wheelers driven by drowsy truck drivers collide with smaller vehicles and cause serious injuries to accident victims.
Truck accidents can lead to unexpected harm that families may struggle to deal with following a truck accident. In a neighboring community less than an hour north of Cincinnati a truck driver was recently once again before a judge for sentencing related to a fatal truck accident. The truck accident occurred when the driver hit three stopped cars from behind. A woman was killed in one of the vehicles.
The safety of those traveling on the roadway depends on the good driving practices of the numerous drivers that travel on the roadways. A driver or a passenger could suddenly be injured or killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver. Whether they are speeding, distracted or under the influence, the negligent driver could seriously affect the lives of many on the roadway. This is especially true if a vehicle collides with a truck. The impact of a truck crash often leaves the automobile severely damaged and those traveling inside of it seriously injured or even killed.
Ohio residents may have heard about famous comedic actor Tracy Morgan and the tragic truck accident he was involved in recently in another state. The 30 Rock actor was severely injured in the accident and his comedy writer and mentor died as a result of the six-car crash.
A truck accident may often end up being more dangerous than an accident involving smaller vehicles, as the size and weight of a truck is much more than that of cars. Additionally, when the tractor-trailer is carrying material that is dangerous, toxic or flammable, a truck accident can put everyone exposed to it at risk. Since truck drivers travel long distances and often work long hours, there are strict federal and state regulations regulating driving hours and the weight of the truck. However, truck accidents still take place routinely.
Unsafe bus and truck drivers continue to operate vehicles in the United States. This is very dangerous for everyone on the road and increases the chances of an accident. Reports show that unsafe truck and bus companies are involved in many accidents, and the Transportation Department is trying to crack down on these companies to prevent accidents in the future.