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FMCSA study shows CMV fatalities rose in 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has some data out on commercial motor vehicle fatalities in 2017 that should be of interest to drivers in Ohio. Among other matters, the FMCSA noted an increase in CMV crash fatalities from 3,193 in 2009 to 5,005 in 2017. Ohio saw a 1.2 percent increase, though that is not as dramatic as the increase in Florida (27 percent) or Georgia (19.7 percent).

Lane change cited as cause for highway crash

Drivers in Ohio have likely been warned about the dangers of accidents involving large trucks. Florida authorities say that a fatal collision on Interstate 75 near Gainesville was caused by a truck driver who moved out of the right lane. While doing so, the truck collided with a 2007 Honda, which sent both vehicles through a median and into southbound lanes of traffic.

Truck accidents and how they differ from car crashes

There are several obvious and not-so-obvious differences between truck crashes and car accidents that Ohio residents should keep in mind. The severity of vehicle damage and injuries is the first. The weight of commercial trucks causes a greater impact, leaving most passenger vehicles undrivable. Occupants of the latter may be left with head trauma and spine injuries and may require rehabilitative care and short- or long-term disability leave.

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