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Speeding Truck Drivers: A Serious Danger On Columbus Roads

We see them everywhere in and around Columbus: massive big rigs sharing the roadways with smaller passenger vehicles. These vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, and when drivers speed, they can cause catastrophic accidents that can leave multiple road users hurt. Truck drivers are often under pressure to deliver as much cargo as...

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Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent Accidents in Ohio

Safety advocates hope advances in technology will significantly reduce the risk of trucking accidents on the nation's roads. The National Safety Council reports new collision-mitigation technology may save lives by reducing serious and fatal traffic collisions involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. Systems under development use a combination of radar and cameras to identify...

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Reducing Risks of Ohio Trucking Collisions

Determining causation after an Ohio trucking accident is a complex challenge. Preventing such accidents is also complex. It's a critical safety issue because of the increasing number of road deaths. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2016 saw a total of 3,986 deaths caused by large truck accidents. Economic expansion and a nationwide...

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Fatigued Drivers a Leading Cause of Columbus Trucking Accidents

With the economy booming and a nationwide trucker shortage of more than 50,000 drivers, fatigue among commercial drivers is a critical safety issue. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation has begun phasing in a requirement for mandatory electronic tracking of Hours-of-Service compliance for most commercial truckers. For decades, truckers were permitted to keep paper logbooks...

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Ohio Among Most Dangerous States for Trucking Accidents

The Midwest is the most dangerous area in the nation for traffic accidents involving commercial trucks and buses, according to information released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA is sponsoring Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training (TBTET) as the summer travel season gets underway. The law enforcement training program is free to interested...

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How Younger Truck Drivers Could Make the Roads of Columbus Less Safe

Inexperienced truck drivers place all Columbus road users in danger. Drivers who do not have the skill and experience necessary to safely control large, heavy vehicles in all traffic situations can cause accidents, and these accidents cause serious injuries to the victims who are involved. Unfortunately, inexperience is a common problem among truck drivers in...

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Safety Tips for Columbus Truck Drivers

Truck accidents can cause devastating, permanent injuries to accident victims. Heavy cargo loads mean that commercial trucks have significant momentum with which to cause damage in a collision. This also means that truck drivers have a higher duty of care to which they must adhere in order to avoid being found negligent in causing a...

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Truck Underride Accidents Can Cause Devastating Injuries

Federal regulations require semi trucks to be equipped with bars on the back of trailers to prevent passenger vehicles from going under the trailer in the event of a rear-end collision. Such bars are not, however, required on the sides of semi truck trailers. This results in hundreds of side underride accidents across the United...

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Bad Tires Can Lead to Bad Accidents in Columbus This Winter

We reported last month on the risks of bus and truck accidents caused by vehicle defects.  But such risks are not exclusive to commercial drivers. In fact, worn or defective tires on passenger vehicles are a common cause of accidents, particularly during winter months. But hot summer months and heavy rain bring their own dangers when...

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