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Bus driver enters guilty plea after woman's death

Those who travel the streets of Ohio towns likely do not consider the possibility that the most ordinary decisions -- such as crossing a street -- can end in tragedy. However, accidents happen without warning and are frequently the result of negligence on the part of another party. Recently, a bus driver entered a guilty plea for causing the death of a pedestrian last year.

According to the police investigation, the accident occurred when the driver of a Cleveland transit authority bus purportedly failed to come to a complete stop at a traffic sign. The female driver then continued on her route by negotiating a turn at the intersection. Unfortunately, the driver allegedly failed to notice a 69-year-old woman who was using the marked pedestrian crossing at the same time.

CEO urges help for diabetics to avoid commercial vehicle accident

A CEO with a health care company is urging owners of fleet trucking companies to provide support to drivers who are diagnosed with diabetes. According to statistics, truckers are 50 percent more likely to develop this disease than the rest of the population, and there are frequent reports of a serious commercial vehicle accident resulting from a driver suffering from a medical emergency. There are many Ohio residents who have either suffered serious injuries or endured the loss of a loved one due to these often preventable accidents.

According to this professional with a company that provides coverage for employees with diabetes, truckers who have this chronic and progressive disease require more support in order to live a healthier life and reduce the risks their condition poses to both themselves and other motorists. He is educating both drivers and their employers on the importance of providing the guidance they need to help slow the progression of the disease and allow a driver to retain his or her job for a longer time period. The working conditions for these professional drivers make it more difficult to manage their disease effectively without the proper tools and preparation.

Technology application may be a factor in a truck accident

The trucking industry has access to more safety technology than ever before. According to several studies and an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, it is how that technology is applied that poses the greatest risk when it comes to avoiding a serious truck accident. Ohio officials have investigated a significant number of these often fatal collisions, and any improvements in commercial truck safety would likely be a welcome tool in the effort to reduce these wrecks.

Last year, media outlets carried coverage concerning a fatal wreck that occurred between a tractor-trailer and a passenger car. The car was outfitted with technology owned by Tesla that allowed for some autonomous operation of the vehicle. When the accident occurred, many critics blamed a failure on the part of the self-driving program; however, the investigation revealed that driver errors instead were the cause of the crash. The NTSB determined that the truck driver failed to obey traffic signs, and the driver of the car relied on the Tesla technology.

First deadly self-driving car crash involved semi-truck

Nearly a year and a half ago, a Tesla enthusiast was fatally injured in a car crash while in autopilot mode. This was the first fatality reported for the self-driving cars that are becoming more popular each year.

Car driver initially blamed for accident

Can cell phones be used to stop cell phone use while driving?

Although everyone knows the dangers of cell phone use while driving, it seems that almost everyone continues to use cell phones while driving. If even anti-distracted driving laws and knowledge of the dangers can’t stop people from engaging in this dangerous behavior, what can prevent the dangers of cell phone use while driving?

Perhaps cell phones can be the answer. What if cell phones were set up to shut off while driving? Could this type of technological innovation be the solution needed to minimize distracted driving accidents?

Recognizing common types of nursing home abuse

There is an estimated, two million adults aged 65 or older who live as residents of nursing homes across the country. As the population continues to age and these numbers increase, cases where elderly residents fail to receive the proper care they require will continue to rise as well. While there are many cases where residents in overcrowded or understaffed facilities report some form of neglect, there are also many cases where elderly patients and residents are the victims of some form of abuse committed by those who have been trusted with their care. 

Physical abuse

Man dies after car smashed in violent tractor-trailer crash

Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles may be so commonplace now that many motorists rarely give it a second thought. However, when something goes wrong, these large trucks can cause devastating damage. There are many Ohio families who have endured the tragic aftermath that follows after a serious tractor\-trailer crash.

Recently, Ohio police responded to a report of a fatal accident along a local highway. Apparently, road construction work caused a traffic slowdown. A semi approached the area, and the driver adjusted the vehicle's speed accordingly. The man driving directly behind that truck also slowed his car. However, according to the report, the semi operator following behind that car did not adjust his speed.

There will still be problems with self-driving vehicles

In the last few weeks, we have spoken about two critical issues out on the road right now: distracted driving and the concept of self-driving or autonomous vehicles. With any luck, self-driving cars will drastically cut down the accident rate for all vehicle types, mainly because these vehicles will eliminate the common factor in most accidents: the human element.

We as people make mistakes. We're really good at that. So when we're behind the wheel of a multi-ton vehicle that can travel at high speeds and we have a momentary lapse in judgement, the likelihood of an accident dramatically increases. These accidents could lead to personal injury lawsuits, where the victims point to the reckless person's actions as a reason why the accident happened and, thus, why they are suffering now.

Safety features help reduce injuries but car accident rates up

For the first time in approximately 10 years, the number of vehicle crashes has climbed instead of decreased. Even though drivers have access to more safety equipment than before, the increase in the numbers of miles traveled have seemed to coincide with the risk of getting involved in a serious car accident. In Ohio alone, the numbers of crashes between 2014 and 2015 increased by more than 10 percent.

Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the use of airbags and safety restraints have helped save countless lives in the event of a crash. These safety restraints have also reduced the risk of a passenger suffering a serious injury. Along with these two devices, all vehicles manufactured after 2012 are required to be equipped with electronic stability control. This feature has reduced the numbers of rollovers by an estimated 59 percent in a one-vehicle crash and by more than 74 percent in passenger vehicles with a higher profile.

Self-driving semis may help prevent trucking accident

The trucking industry has helped ensure that goods are always available for consumers regardless of their location in the country. However, along with the increased presence of these large commercial vehicles, there is also the ever-present risk of a serious trucking accident costing more lives. There have been countless Ohio families whose lives have been forever altered due to one of these tragic collisions.

There are signs that the trucking industry is starting to focus on developing a safer version of these large vehicles on the nation's highways. Recently, Daimler introduced its first model of a self-driving tractor-trailer. This rig will still require a human driver to be present, but it is designed and programmed to handle normal road and traffic conditions with minimal human input. Some of the programs that Mercedes-Benz has incorporated in its passenger models have been incorporated into the computers installed in these semi engines.

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