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Truck drivers shouldn't work while tired

While many assume that there is a link between truck driver fatigue and the number of hours that they drive, this isn't the only factor that should be considered. In addition to complying with hours-of-service rules, it may also benefit Ohio drivers and others to receive fatigue management training. Drivers who know that they are tired are more likely to take steps such as requesting shorter trips or taking a quick nap during the day.

If a driver says that he or she is too tired to drive, companies generally have to let them rest. Furthermore, companies should investigate why a driver is tired and try to work through any issue that this individual is experiencing. These issues could range from a sleep disorder to problems at home that make it difficult to get quality rest while not driving.

Operation Safe Driver Week set for July, speeding a top concern

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is known for its annual inspection sprees of commercial vehicles, but it also hosts an annual Operation Safe Driver Week event that affects both CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. Ohio residents should know that this year's will take place from July 14 to 20.

Operation Safe Driver Week is a period of intensified traffic law enforcement where police stop unsafe drivers to give out warnings and citations. Last year's had 51,000 law enforcement officials throughout North America making contact with over 113,300 drivers. Exactly 57,405 citations and 87,907 warnings were issued in 2018.

Fatal truck crashes rise, and other drivers pay the price

Ohio drivers have good reason to be wary around large trucks because truck crashes are on the rise. Of the 34,439 fatal crashes that occurred across the U.S. in 2017, 4,079 involved at least one truck or bus according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

In addition, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that 72% of fatalities in truck crashes are the occupants of passenger vehicles. Some trucking companies, to address this deadly trend, are turning to vehicle safety technology.

All the things that make semitrucks so dangerous

If you feel a little wary while driving near a semi truck, you’re right to be concerned. Semi truck accidents can cause a colossal amount of damage to other vehicles, roadways and the drivers involved in them.

Here are just a few of the reasons semi trucks are such a big danger to our roads.

Addressing the manipulation of truck safety devices

From collision mitigation systems to in-cab cameras, a host of safety devices are being introduced in commercial trucks across Ohio and the rest of the US. Yet many truckers, unhappy about the change, are finding ways to manipulate or disable the technology.

For example, YouTube videos have taught many truckers how to cut the wires going to the in-cab camera or slide a business card behind it so that it cannot record what truckers are doing. Some individuals have learned to disable the lane departure warning by pushing the button and jamming it with paper. They can unplug speakers and disable the steering-wheel sensor.

Marijuana can negatively impact drivers

It's not uncommon for motorists to share Ohio roads with drivers who are impaired by marijuana. However, determining if a driver is impaired by the drug is difficult. This is because marijuana can stay in a person's system for many days after it's smoked or otherwise ingested. Even if a test detects the substance in a person's system, this doesn't mean that he or she is impaired.

It may be possible to observe a person's behavior to determine if he or she is impaired during a traffic stop or after an accident. A drug recognition expert could offer an opinion as to whether an individual is impaired.

Head-on collisions most common type of car-truck accident

Warm weather makes for optimal road trip weather for vacations, visiting family, attending music festivals and so much more. This means you and other drivers will share the road with large trucks at some point in your journey. Respecting a truck driver’s space makes both you and the truck driver safer.

Statistics show that crashes involving large trucks and regular passengers are deadlier for the drivers of the smaller vehicle. Head-on collisions were the most common types of accidents involving passenger vehicles and large trucks.

Most truck accidents occur in oil region, according to report

Most truck drivers in Ohio and the rest of the nation have an honest desire to complete their regular hauls as safely as possible. Even so, there are times when concerning patterns begin to emerge with certain types of accidents. This is what has happened with two accidents involving semi-trucks that occurred near the same mile marker on a highway bypass in North Dakota.

Both trucking accidents occurred on a stretch of roadway that was, ironically, designed to enhance safety. In total, both crashes claimed four lives. One of the incidents resulted in a blazing eruption when two semi-truck drivers collided head-on. Both drivers perished. Crash data shows that many truck accidents take place in North Dakota's oil region.

1 killed, 1 injured in Ohio truck accident

On April 1, one Ohio man was killed and another was injured when a large commercial truck crashed in Auglaize County. The accident occurred around 3 p.m.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a straight truck was traveling on Pusheta Road when it veered off the roadway and started to drive down an embankment. The driver of the truck, a 41-year-old Wapokeneta resident, apparently attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the road but overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll over.

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