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Beware of long stopping distances for trucks

Semitrucks are a necessary part of the economy and infrastructure in the United States, but they also pose some serious risks on the road. They massively outweigh all of the vehicles around them and sit so high that a collision puts someone in a passenger car at greater risk. Semitrucks also have large blind spots where truckers can't see the vehicles traveling in those areas. Accidents involving these commercial vehicles can be devastating.

Tips to help truckers avoid fatigue

Truck drivers have tough, difficult jobs with long hours and a high demand for their services. This can make fatigue behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle a very big issue on the highways of Ohio. Plus, driving itself is something that often makes people feel drowsy from the hum of the tires on the road and the long, monotonous hours doing the same thing.

New bill proposes interstate travel for truckers under 21

A hearing held in February 2020 by the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety has explored the various concerns over a proposed bill called the DRIVE-Safe Act. This bipartisan bill, introduced in February 2019, proposes that interstate travel be opened even to those commercial truckers under the age of 21. Ohio, like most states, allows drivers as young as 18 to obtain a CDL but restricts them to intrastate travel.

Avoiding fatigue when driving a CMV

CMV drivers work long hours and sometimes exceed the number of hours they are allowed to drive in a single shift. This translates to a great number of drowsy truckers in Ohio and across the U.S. Drowsiness is not unavoidable; drivers simply need to be aware of it and take the right steps to address it.

New large truck crash study could be forthcoming

In 2018, there were 4,415 fatal crashes involving large trucks, which was a 52.6% increase since 2009. It also represented a 5.7% increase since 2016, and the latest data has prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to conduct a study. In 2003, the FMCSA conducted a similar study in which it analyzed 120,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles. However, the the agency says that changes in technology, road design and driver habits have influenced driver performance since the last study was conducted.

How truckers can recognize and treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects 35% of all commercial truckers in Ohio and across the U.S. They are, in fact, 11 times more likely to suffer from it than the general population. Of the all the sleep apnea variations, obstructive sleep apnea is the most prevalent among truckers. With OSA, the mouth palate and throat muscles relax and collapse during sleep, blocking the airway for 5 to 10 seconds at a time and thus breaking up the individual's sleep.

The invisible hazards of truck driving

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.

Police: Tailgating semitrailer knocks truck off road

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.

Snow results in 50-vehicle crash on I-80

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.

Semi-truck hits ambulance; one person killed

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.

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