Although it is well known that trucks and semis create added risks on the road due to their size and weight, it is reassuring to know that the state of Ohio wants to do something about this risk. Truck accidents are not a new occurrence but there has been an increase in the number of semi accidents in Ohio of late. Recently, there have been over fifty accidents in central Ohio involving semi trucks, killing three people.
The state highway patrol plans to crack down on this trend and beginning soon, there will be an increased presence of troopers on the roads in central Ohio. For a period of time, troopers will conduct targeted enforcement patrols to reduce the number of semi-truck accidents and create awareness of the issue. Law enforcement is not just focused on the truck drivers. Although police plan to ticket semi-truck drivers who are not following the law, authorities will also ticket passenger vehicles for traffic violations like following too closely and improper lane changes.
When passenger vehicles are following a truck, drivers need to follow at a safe distance behind the truck (generally one vehicle length). Vehicle separation plays a huge role in road safety. Truck drivers also need to follow the rules of the road as well as conduct proper truck maintenance. Highway patrol troopers will be checking semis for maintenance concerns, like proper tire tread.
Hopefully the increased patrols will alert drivers and truckers to the importance of roadway safety and maybe even prevent tragic accidents. In the event of an accident, an injured driver may want to consider the role of the truck driver or trucking company in causing the accident. If either negligently caused the accident due to a traffic violation or improper vehicle maintenance, then the injured party may be able to seek compensation.
Source: ABC 6, "Troopers Ramp up Effort to Prevent Semi Crashes in Central Ohio," Lu Ann Stoia and Ken Hines, Sept. 27, 2013