While many assume that there is a link between truck driver fatigue and the number of hours that they drive, this isn't the only factor that should be considered. In addition to complying with hours-of-service rules, it may also benefit Ohio drivers and others to receive fatigue management training. Drivers who know that they are tired are more likely to take steps such as requesting shorter trips or taking a quick nap during the day.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is known for its annual inspection sprees of commercial vehicles, but it also hosts an annual Operation Safe Driver Week event that affects both CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. Ohio residents should know that this year's will take place from July 14 to 20.
Ohio drivers have good reason to be wary around large trucks because truck crashes are on the rise. Of the 34,439 fatal crashes that occurred across the U.S. in 2017, 4,079 involved at least one truck or bus according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
From collision mitigation systems to in-cab cameras, a host of safety devices are being introduced in commercial trucks across Ohio and the rest of the US. Yet many truckers, unhappy about the change, are finding ways to manipulate or disable the technology.
It's not uncommon for motorists to share Ohio roads with drivers who are impaired by marijuana. However, determining if a driver is impaired by the drug is difficult. This is because marijuana can stay in a person's system for many days after it's smoked or otherwise ingested. Even if a test detects the substance in a person's system, this doesn't mean that he or she is impaired.
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.
On April 1, one Ohio man was killed and another was injured when a large commercial truck crashed in Auglaize County. The accident occurred around 3 p.m.
Once a year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds an inspection spree called the International Roadcheck as a way to enforce compliance with federal CMV regulations. In 2019, the Roadcheck is to be held from June 4 to 6. Truck and bus drivers in Ohio may find themselves being pulled over at random for an inspection during that time. They should know that the majority will be Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been studying the risk factors in commercial truck crashes for decades. It has found that truck defects and trucker fatigue are among the most prominent causes behind accidents. Truckers in Ohio may be interested to know about a 2016 study that focuses on the effect of short-haul exemptions on crash risk.
In 2017, a total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes across the U.S. That was a 28 percent jump from 2009. Truck safety groups like Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition are pushing for a federal law mandating that all heavy trucks be equipped with forward collision warning and mitigation systems. These can prevent thousands of rear-end accidents, which are prevalent in Ohio.