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How speed limiters could address rise in truck crashes

Road Safe America has looked at federal data on large truck crashes from 2009 to 2017, finding that there was an increase in large truck crash deaths in all but six states. A total of 35,882 people died in such crashes in that eight-year period. Ohio residents should know that the highway safety non-profit advises truck fleet owners to incorporate vehicle safety technology as a way to address the trend.

The states that saw the highest percentage increase in large truck crash deaths were Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Texas and Nevada. Those with the highest number of large crash deaths in 2017 were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Road Safe America found that most of these states have a truck speed limit of 70 mph or more: an unsafe speed for any vehicles weighing more than 80,000 pounds.

Survey shows texting, emailing while driving on the rise

More Ohio drivers might be using their phones to text and send emails while behind the wheel. However, it is still not clear whether this means that deaths from distracted driving are on the rise. Knowing whether a crash was caused by a distracted driver usually relies on someone in the accident self-reporting or investigators being able to examine drivers' phones. This can make gathering reliable data difficult.

On Jan. 24, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the results of a study that compared observational surveys carried out in 2014 and 2018. Researchers found that 57 percent more drivers in 2018 were seen using their phones for uses other than talking than in 2014. However, talking on the phone while behind the wheel actually appeared to be on the decline. Other research supports these findings.

Hurt in a retail store? The accident may not be your fault

When you head to the grocery store or out for a morning of shopping, you are probably not thinking about how dangerous retail stores can be. You may feel perfectly safe, but in reality, there are many hazards that can leave unsuspecting shoppers with painful, serious injuries. If you are the victim of an accident that took place in an Ohio store, it may not be your fault. 

You may think your accident was the result of your own carelessness or clumsiness, but you could be the victim of certain factors that are beyond your control. Instead of making assumptions about fault and your options, you may want to find out if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. You could be eligible for financial compensation. 

Recording notes after a crash might help you down the road

Another motorist has struck you, and you are now dealing with overwhelming emotional distress and physical injuries while at the scene of the accident. Jotting down what caused the crash probably is not high on your list of priorities.

However, writing down what happened before and during the crash right away is generally a wise move. This is especially true if your crash stemmed from another person's negligence. Here is a look at why making notes following a crash in Ohio can be personally beneficial, and how you should do it.

Ridesharing drivers run risk of sleep deprivation

Many ridesharing drivers in Ohio choose to work during extended periods of wakefulness. However, sleep deprivation can affect one's circadian rhythm and make the early mornings and late nights an especially dangerous time for driving. Unfortunately, ridesharing drivers can feel compelled by salary incentives to underrate sleep and keep working.

According to AAA estimates, roughly 328,000 crashes every year involve at least one drowsy driver. Of these, 109,000 result in injuries and 6,400 in death. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine called fatigued driving in the ridesharing industry a public safety risk.

Some truck drivers fighting roadway fatigue with stimulants

Truck drivers in Ohio and across the rest of the country are under increased pressure to meet hauling deadlines at all hours of the day. This type of demanding work, especially when extensive driving of long distances is required, can contribute to driver fatigue. Due to the weight and size of trucks, the victims in these accidents tend to be people in other vehicles, passengers and nearby pedestrians or cyclists.

While any type of truck-related collision can have serious consequences for everyone involved, it's longer trips lasting more than 51 miles that tend to result in motor vehicle accidents. Also, one out of every four truck drivers reports having fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once during the past month. What's also raising eyebrows is the increased use of stimulants by some truck drivers looking to stay awake while getting to their long-distance destination.

Car accidents are a leading cause of death

Ohio residents spend a good portion of their lives on or near streets and highways. Motor vehicles have become the standard mode of transportation in the United States, and it is difficult to completely avoid interacting with them either as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian.

One significant concern for many people is that of car accidents. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, traffic accidents are the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. While much has been done in the U.S. and other countries to improve road safety, including strict penalties on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, involvement in a car accident is still a major risk.

Pedestrian crash doesn't have to leave you stopped in your tracks

You see the flashing crosswalk signal, so you start to stroll across the crosswalk. Suddenly, though, a motor vehicle moves quickly toward you. You attempt to get out of its way, but it ends up striking you, leaving you injured.

Injury-causing pedestrian crashes can easily occur in Ohio as a result of a driver's carelessness behind the wheel. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you sustain in these types of accidents.

Study shows automatic emergency braking systems very effective

If any Ohio drivers wonder if those fancy automatic emergency braking systems actually work, the answer is an emphatic yes, according to a new study. The study was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and focused on General Motors vehicles.

Automatic emergency braking, or AEB, systems use sensors to predict impending front-end collisions and alert the driver. If the driver fails to respond, the system can automatically apply the brakes to avoid the collision. The purpose of the study was to determine how well AEB systems work at preventing rear-end striking crashes in real-world conditions. To find out, IIHS researchers asked GM to provide VIN numbers for 2013-2015 models of Buicks, Cadillacs and Chevrolets to cross-reference with police-reported accident data. During those model years, GM made AEB systems optional, so the researchers were able to compare the accident frequency of models both with and without the system.

Delayed pain may result from a car crash

You remember being involved in a motor vehicle collision a few days ago, but immediately following the collision, you felt relatively okay. After all, your crash did not occur at a high rate of speed. Your head simply moved in a backward-and-forward motion. You also remember taking notes while at the accident scene, as well as collecting the personal information of the driver who caused your crash as a result of negligent driving. Then, you continued with your day.

Now, though, you are beginning to feel some discomfort in your body. You immediately realize that the car accident did indeed cause you injuries -- those injuries were simply delayed. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for such injuries in Ohio.

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