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How truckers can stem the tide of large truck crash deaths

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the percentage of fatal crashes in Ohio and across the U.S. that involved at least one large truck rose each year from 2015 to 2017, which was the latest year for which complete data was available). Large truck occupant fatalities also rose each year during that period.

From 2016 to 2017, there was a rise in the number of deadly large truck and/or bus accidents as well as in the number of fatalities. In addition, from 2015 to 2017, there was an increase in the percentage of deadly work zone accidents that involved one or more large trucks. In 2019, the annual National Work Zone Awareness Week is held from April 8 to 12, so truckers may wish to take that opportunity to see how they might avoid accidents.

Large trucks have a high visual horizon, so drivers should make sure to use their turn signals and flashers ahead of time to warn those behind them that they are either merging into the open lane or approaching slowed or stopped traffic. Truckers should also avoid distracting activities. They can adjust their seat, mirrors and radio before heading out. If their company bans all phone use, they should keep their devices out of sight and out of mind.

Distracted, drowsy, intoxicated and speeding drivers are behind many truck accidents, both deadly and nonfatal. Those who survive but sustain a personal injury, especially one that keeps them out of work and has perhaps diminished their capacity to earn a living, may want to consult with an attorney. Victims may be eligible for compensation, but to receive it, they must file a claim against the trucking company. With a lawyer's assistance, they may be able to negotiate a settlement and never have to litigate.

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