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A quick look at the Hours of Service Rules, and why they matter to truck accident victims

Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and many accidents are preventable. One common cause of preventable truck accidents is driver fatigue. Lack of proper rest can be a problem for any motorist, of course, but truck drivers are particularly prone to fatigue because of long hours on the road and industry pressure to maximize productivity.

Federal regulators, in order to address the problem of truck driver fatigue, have implemented a set of regulations known as the Hours of Service Rules. These rules apply to all commercial motor vehicles meeting certain criteria. The rules vary slightly depending on whether the vehicle carries property or passengers. 

A commercial vehicle accident can deliver horrific injuries

Several years ago, a package delivery company used the tag line "What can Brown do for you?" as a way of implying that the company can make your daily life easier with fast delivery of your packages. Unfortunately, however, these services and their vehicles can cause devastating harm if you or a loved one become a victim of a commercial vehicle accident. Ohio residents have seen their fair share of tragedies caused by these collisions.

There are many factors that can lead to a tragic wreck. These vehicles are driven for hours every day. This can lead to wear and tear of the vehicle, making them more likely to experience a mechanical failure. Commercial driving also takes a toll on the driver, as long hours and weather conditions can lead to exhaustion. Due to the larger size of many of these vehicles, if you are caught up in a collision with one, the outcome is usually poor or even fatal for the victims.

What if a distracted driver causes your life to take a detour?

Ever since the invention of the automobile, there have been continual advances focused on making them safer to drive. However, along with the safety features may come complacency on the part of drivers that lulls them into believing that they can engage in other activities while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a distracted driver accident is all too common, in Ohio and across the country.

One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving involves the use of a cell phone while driving. It may only take mere seconds before your life is forever altered because a driver believed that he or she could answer a text or view a webpage while headed your way on the highway. One driver's concern about where to go to dinner could result in an victim requiring assistance to eat for the rest of his or her life.

Fatal accidents in Ohio: How do they happen?

Since 2012, there is no appreciable change in the number of traffic fatalities occurring in Ohio each year. However, the figures still seem high. In 2016 for example, 1,133 people died in all types of traffic accidents - 23 more than died in 2015.

In 2016, there were an average of 2.9 fatal crashes per day and one person was killed every 7.8 hours. Obviously, much more needs to be done to bring these figures down in future years. To find solutions to this problem, the Ohio Department of Public Safety collects many types of statistics concerning the causes of fatal traffic accidents.

CVSA expected to nab thousands of trucks for safety violations

Every June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a safety inspection blitz throughout North America. The inspections are designed to underscore the importance of safety in truck operations - and to find dangerous trucks and out-of-compliance drivers and correct the problems.

During the blitz (to be conducted June 6 - 8), safety inspectors will fan out across the continent, performing Level 1 safety inspections of big rigs and buses. Level 1 is the most thorough type of inspection and includes inspections of brakes, tires and wheels, and log books. Last year, the International Roadcheck focused on brake violations. This year's Roadcheck will place a special emphasis on the proper securing of loads.

After a truck accident, take action quickly

In Ohio, you have up to two years to file a lawsuit after a vehicle accident. As an accident victim, you may prefer to focus on your recovery before taking legal action. But there are many reasons why you should seek legal advice and representation as quickly as possible.

Passenger car, truck accident leads to child's death

Nothing is more ordinary in the modern day life than running errands and doing the daily chores while driving along the local roads and highways. Most probably never give a thought that this particular errand or trip will end in a tragically life-altering event. One Ohio family has just suffered a horrific truck accident that has forever changed their lives.

According to the police report that has been completed thus far, a driver of a passenger car was proceeding down a local road and slowed the car as it approached a traffic signal. Traveling behind the car was a Freightliner tractor-trailer. As the driver of the car came to a stop, the truck driver apparently did not take action to avoid colliding with the car ahead of it.

Is truck hacking the next big threat to motorists?

There are many factors that contribute to commercial truck accidents on American roads. Distracted drivers, trucker fatigue, dangerous road conditions and high speeds all cause collisions on a regular basis. But the industry has recently become concerned with a new threat - one they fear could strike virtually any truck at any place or time.

A recent article on Overdrive examined the threat of hackers to the commercial trucking industry. As technology advances and trucks become part of the intricately connected "internet of things," some safety experts and industry leaders are concerned about the possibility of trucks being hacked and remotely controlled. What would happen if one was?

Too many truckers on the road without qualifying credentials

Drive down any highway in America and you are likely to pass — or get passed by — a large 18-wheeler. Out on the interstate, it often seems as if there are more tractor trailers than passenger cars. As the saying goes, America moves by truck. But have you ever wondered whether every driver behind the wheels of those big rigs is fully qualified?

 

A distracted driver presents a serious danger to others

April is the month that has been set aside to highlight the dangers presented by operating a vehicle while engaging in other tasks. A distracted driver presents a hazard to all other motorists as well as pedestrians and cyclists. One Ohio physician stated that the warmer weather often correlates to an increase in more inattentive drivers on the road.

The doctor described any activity that takes one's attention from the task of driving as a serious problem. Distracted driving includes such seemingly innocuous tasks as eating and fiddling with radio selections. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released alarming figures concerning the number of victims who either died or suffered injury in 2015 as a result of an inattentive driver. Altogether, the number of deceased and injured was approximately 394,470.  In addition, those who were purportedly using their cellular devices while behind the wheel was an estimated 660,000.

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