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June 2019 Archives

NHTSA preliminary report: truck crash fatalities rise in 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in its preliminary report for 2018, estimates that large truck accident fatalities have risen 3% when compared to 2017. While this is not as great as the 9% jump experienced between 2016 and 2017, it is still an unfortunate discovery. Ohio residents should know that motor vehicle crash fatalities went down by about 1% in 2018.

Hair analysis may help detect drug-using truck drivers

In Ohio and across the U.S., many commercial truckers are driving while under the influence of drugs, especially cocaine, opioids and marijuana. The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security has compiled data on drug tests results in the trucking industry and found that the mandatory urinanalysis is not enough to detect drug use. In fact, it captures only 1 in 10 habitual drug users.

How to drive safely while near a semi-truck

When you approach certain hazards on the road, you should apply different types of defensive driving techniques to keep yourself protected. For example, you may speed up if you need to pass a reckless driver or slow down to avoid hydroplaning once it starts to rain.

Addressing distractions among commercial drivers

The National Safety Council estimates that distracted driving crashes in the US cause nine deaths and 100 injuries every day. Ohio residents should know that many of these crashes are the result of drivers using phones and in-vehicle tech like voice command and dashboard touchscreens. To raise awareness of this trend, the NSC chose April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Andy Young Speaks to Congress' Subcommittee on Trucking Safety

Washington, DC - Trucking safety attorney and truck driver Andy Young testified before Congress' Subcommittee on Highways and Transit at its hearing today (June 12, 2019) entitled "Under Pressure:  The State of Trucking in America."  He advocated in favor of side underride guards for trailers, automatic emergency braking systems for trucks, and higher insurance minimums for commercial motor vehicles.

The complexities of truck accident cases

Truck accident victims in Ohio should be aware that preparing a case against the other side can be a complicated matter: more complicated, in fact, than building up a car accident case. There are several reasons for this. Trucks are large, take longer to brake to a complete stop and thus collide with greater force. The catastrophic injuries and fatalities that are so frequently the outcome of truck accidents make a case more complex.

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