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Truck accident study: speeding linked to other risky behaviors

Trucks are a constant on Ohio roadways. Most truckers operate their vehicles safely and professionally and make certain they are adhering to the law. However, there are some drivers who take part in risky behaviors behind the wheel. Studies are done to examine accidents, why they happen, and how they can be prevented. For people who have been injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one after a truck crash, this research can be beneficial when filing a lawsuit.

Statistical analysis from SmartDrive Systems found that truck drivers who go beyond the speed limit have a greater likelihood of taking part in other risky behaviors when on the road. The number of driving events used in the study surpassed 220 million. Drivers who drive above the speed limit were also found to be 2.5 times more likely to go through stop signs, make unsafe lane changes, and drive distracted.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 27 percent of fatal accidents occur because of speeding. From its research, SmartDrive states that speeding drivers had a 54 percent greater likelihood of going over the center line or the median. Although there is a general agreement among drivers that speeding is dangerous, 64 percent say that they are comfortable doing so. Speeding gives drivers less time to react and the force of impact is also significantly higher when a truck is speeding.

A truck accident can cause much more damage than accidents with conventional vehicles. Their size and the speeds at which they travel increase the chance of severe injuries and death. There will be medical expenses, lost time on the job and long-term damage. If there is a fatality, the family left behind must come to grips with an unexpected loss. If an accident was caused by a negligent truck driver, it is important to know the reason for the accident when considering a legal claim. A lawyer experienced in truck accidents can help with investigating the incident and moving forward with a case.

Source: truckinginfo.com, "Speeding Drivers Can Increase Costs and Risks for Fleets," April 30, 2018

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