Several busy freeways cross Ohio, and persons who have driven on them have had the opportunity to observe large trucks traveling at high speeds carrying heavy loads. Some of the hazards faced by truck drivers are obvious, such as bad weather, fatigue, slippery roads, boredom and mechanical problems. Some problems are not so obvious, but they nevertheless pose significant hazards for both drivers and persons in other vehicles who share the roads.
Accidents involving large trucks are more dangerous than other motor vehicle accidents. Because of their large size and weight, a semitrailer or other big truck can carry tremendous force even at relatively low speeds. At high speeds, any collision between a large truck and a car or pickup truck can easily mean catastrophic injury or death to the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Winter again demonstrated its power to disrupt traffic and send scores of motorists to the hospital in a recent incident. The heavy snow that spread across Ohio recently resulted in a massive 50-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 80 just east of Austintown. The chain reaction accident began at about 10:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-80. All westbound lanes on I-80 were closed during much of the day as police and rescue crews worked to untangle the wreckage.
Some vehicles by their very nature seem to be immune from traffic accidents. One obvious category is ambulances. They seem to rarely be involved in collisions causing injury. Unfortunately, that rule was disproved in an accident near Enon, Ohio, when a semi-trailer truck struck an ambulance on I-70.
Many news reports of vehicle accidents in Ohio end with the statement that the collision is being further investigated. What, exactly, does this mean? The vehicles have come to rest, police have checked the physical condition of the drivers and any passengers and summoned any emergency medical care that may be needed. What else remains to be learned?
Most motorists in Ohio know that a double yellow line on a highway means "No Passing" and that a violation of the rule can often result in death or serious injury. The disregard of the double yellow line recently led to a vehicle-motorcycle-truck accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.
Traffic accidents often happen in the blink of an eye, and both witnesses and victims have difficulty remembering what happened. It sometimes also seems that people who perceive themselves as at-fault for the accident can create excuses in a similar split second. In a truck accident southeast of Cleveland, the driver of a semi-trailer truck was quick to blame natural conditions after he rear-ended a Mazda sedan and seriously injured its occupants.
With the number of large trucks on the road in Ohio and across the U.S., it is natural for drivers of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians to be wary of them. Their size and the speeds at which they travel are intimidating enough before considering other factors that can lead to a truck accident. Research is useful to understand these crashes and to take steps to possibly avoid them. Still, the circumstances can make an accident unavoidable. Those who were injured or who lost a loved one in such an accident should also understand these causes for a possible legal filing for compensation.
With the number of large trucks that travel in and to Ohio, truck accidents are a constant concern. Since these vehicles are so massive, when there is a collision between one and a passenger vehicle, there can be serious injury and death. Government agencies are tasked with implementing rules to enhance safety. However, a truck company and its drivers will frequently disagree with certain rules and assert that they are too strict. When proposals are presented to alter these rules, it could result in a higher chance of truck crashes. People should be aware of these potential dangers.
In its attempts to ensure the roads are safe, federal regulators have implemented certain rules to make sure truckers are not too tired when they are behind the wheel. These and other rules could be changing if drivers' proposals are approved and the hours of service regulations are adjusted. When there is a truck accident, it is always possible that a violation on the part of the driver led to the crash. This can be a critical part of a legal filing.