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Chiro’s guilty plea sheds light on trucker certification issues

How one man's negligent put thousands of potentially unfit drivers on the road

Because commercial trucks are so large, heavy and potentially dangerous, the licensing of truck drivers is stricter than it is for ordinary motorists. In addition to passing written and practical driving exams, would-be truck drivers must also go through a medical examination to be cleared for the road.

Child resuscitated after serious Ohio car crash injures several

A parent's worst nightmare is to lose a child, no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, a serious car crash can occur without any warning and change lives in an instant. One Ohio family recently narrowly escaped having to bury a young child.

The accident occurred on a recent week day in the early evening hours. Officials reported that a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old mother was traveling along a local road with six children in her vehicle. Another driver, a 23-year-old man, was headed along the same road in the opposing lane. Police stated that the second driver then crossed over into the woman's travel lane and hit her vehicle head-on.

Preventing accidents caused by truck tire blowouts

As a driver, you are accustomed to seeing strips of black rubber along the highway. You can tell from the size they are from truck tires.

You can imagine what happens when a tire blows, and the driver has only seconds to adjust to the imbalance. Trucks veer into the next lane. They lose control. They even tip over.

The health condition that’s putting American drivers at risk

In the world of commercial trucking, time is money. Truck drivers are expected to drive massive vehicles hundreds of miles with limited time to rest. We’ve explored the topic of truck driver fatigue extensively on this blog, but long hours and strict demands are just one part of the equation.

Safety experts are learning more about trucker fatigue and its roots. Specifically, the link between trucker fatigue and a condition called sleep apnea has been a hot-button issue in the trucking world in recent years.

Ohio auto accident seriously injures passenger

The decision to allow another person to drive is often made without hesitation, especially if that driver is a friend or relative. However, if that party then makes a critical lapse in judgment, a serious auto accident may occur. One such accident resulted in an Ohio man suffering serious injuries.

The wreck occurred on a recent Friday evening. The 20-year-old driver of a pickup truck was allegedly driving without due caution as he entered a curve in the road. As the vehicle strayed over the dividing line, another vehicle was approaching. The 45-year-old female driver of that pickup took evasive actions to avoid a head-on collision. Her vehicle struck the rear of the first, which proceeded off of the traffic lane and collided with a tree.

2-vehicle car crash kills driver, injures 3 others

It often seems that teenage drivers are involved in a disproportionate share of serious accidents. Whether it is due to inexperience or recklessness, the news frequently carries stories of another car crash involving a young driver. One young Ohio driver was killed and three others suffered injuries in one of the most recent crashes.

According to officials, the early morning wreck was caused when the 17-year-old driver failed to obey a traffic sign at an intersection. As his vehicle entered into the roadway, it collided with another vehicle being driven by a 41-year-old woman. The force of the impact caused the second automobile to careen into a field. The first vehicle, a pickup truck, was overturned into a roadside ditch.

Two-vehicle car accident in Ohio seriously injures 2 children

Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of the summer season and that means many more children may be out traveling with their parents. This can lead to a greater increase in the number of children who suffer injury from being involved in a serious car accident. One recent wreck in Ohio resulted in two young children suffering injuries.

According to the initial reports, the accident occurred on Memorial Day in the late morning hours. A 24-year-old man was operating his pickup truck along a local road. As he was headed in a westerly direction, he reportedly approached a stop sign at a crossroads. The driver did not stop at the sign and continued into the roadway.

Allegedly negligent driver blamed for Ohio woman's death

Picking up and relocating to a new city is difficult enough, but starting over in a whole new country may be even more challenging. One woman who immigrated from her home country and recently moved to Ohio was killed earlier this month by an allegedly negligent driver. Police have charged him with vehicular homicide.

The 48-year-old woman was purportedly several feet away from the curb as she was crossing a road just a few blocks from her new home. Officials determined that the driver of a pickup truck was attempting a left turn on a green light when he failed to yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian in a crosswalk. The 66-year-old man hit the woman with his vehicle, and she died from the injuries she suffered.

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.

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