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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.

Data collected from North Dakota's Vision Zero Plan between 2012 and 2016 shows that nearly 70 percent of all truck-related incidents took place in the state's oil counties. Vision Zero initiatives are plans being adopted and implemented throughout the country that focus on preventing vehicle-related crashes and injuries. The increased emphasis on truck safety includes a 2017 mandate that requires commercial truck drivers to electronically log their hours. The purpose is to minimize instances of driver fatigue, which is also a major contributing factor to many crashes. A former colonel for the North Dakota's Highway Patrol believes safety is still a top priority for most trucking companies.

If it's believed negligence may have played a role in a truck-related accident, a lawyer may recommend pursuing appropriate legal action against the driver and/or trucking company involved. Negligence can take the form of human error, mechanical failure, intoxication while driving, distracted driving or even a trucking company's failure to conduct inspections as required.

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