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October 2018 Archives

Fatigue, distracted driving may lead to large truck crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that up to 100,000 crashes each year involve driver fatigue. Among commercial vehicles, 28 percent of single-vehicle accidents and 13 percent of fatal large truck crashes involve driver fatigue, according to the National Safety Council. Drivers on roads in Ohio should be aware of the risks of driving while tired and be wary around large trucks.

NTSB and others call for mandatory crash avoidance tech on trucks

While some trucking companies in Ohio have installed crash avoidance technology in their fleets, many have not. These businesses should know that some groups are pushing for the mandating of such technology on all commercial trucks. This action is being supported by several members of Congress.

NHTSA finds increase in fatal large truck crashes in 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported on traffic crash trends in 2017, and some of its findings may be of interest to Ohio drivers. There seems to be good reason to be uneasy driving around large trucks: 2017 saw a 9 percent increase in fatal large truck crashes whereas all other types of motor vehicle crashes saw a decrease in fatalities.

How to share the road with big rigs

Ohio residents know that sharing the road with big rigs can be difficult to do. Large trucks can sway into other lanes, swing wide when making turns and take much longer than vehicles to come to a stop. Cars that rear-end trucks can slide under, while trucks that rear-end cars can ride over them. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 68 percent of all truck crash fatalities in 2014 were car occupants.

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