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.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 25, a pre-teen Ohio girl was killed in a car accident involving a tractor-trailer truck in Mentor. Two other people were seriously injured in the accident.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported on traffic crash trends in 2017, and some of its findings may be of interest to Ohio drivers. There seems to be good reason to be uneasy driving around large trucks: 2017 saw a 9 percent increase in fatal large truck crashes whereas all other types of motor vehicle crashes saw a decrease in fatalities.
Interstate 90 was shut down in a section of Ohio on July 1, 2018, after a fatal truck crash started a fire in the large semi-truck. The highway was closed between State Route 11 and State Route 45 after the fire erupted following a collision between the semi-truck and a passenger vehicle, a Chevrolet Cobalt. At least one woman died as a result of the crash, while two more vehicle passengers were taken away in air ambulances to Cleveland hospitals for urgent treatment.