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NHTSA and FMCSA study worrying rise in truck accidents

About 70 percent of the goods purchased in Ohio and around the country each year are transported by more than 15 million large commercial vehicles. This is a worrying statistic for road safety advocates because truck accidents have risen by 20 percent in just the last 10 years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration analyzed traffic accident data to understand better what was responsible for this worrying increase, and they discovered that most semi-tractor trailer accidents were caused by truck drivers.

Proposed bill aims to reduce deadly truck crashes

Many people in Ohio fear motor vehicle accidents involving trucks, and they have good reason. Truck crashes are far more likely to be fatal to the occupants of smaller passenger cars. Safety advocates are seeking to reduce the number of fatalities caused by these crashes by urging passage of legislation to tighten regulations for trucks and require additional safety gear to be installed. The Stop Underrides Act of 2017 focuses on the risk of underride crashes when cars or other small vehicles slide underneath a large commercial truck. These crashes are often fatal and can lead to severe head and neck injuries or even decapitations.

Common safety concerns among truck drivers

Drivers in Ohio frequently find themselves sharing the road with commercial trucks. It's important to realize that truckers face a unique set of challenges. Even after specialized training and on-the-job instruction, they are still at a high risk for accidents. The following are just some of the most common safety concerns among commercial truckers.

Truck safety technology rapidly improving

Large trucks operating on Ohio roadways have seen significant safety improvements in recent years thanks to new technologies. According to Penske Logistics' vice president of safety logistics, the amount of new safety technology to arrive on the market in the last decade is overwhelming. Some of the developments are simple, like emergency braking and backup alarms, he said, and the use of video monitoring systems has led to higher safety scores and lower total incident numbers.

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