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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the National Safety Council, there are 23 possible factors in car crashes that police officers must be able to report on. However, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., fail to include fields or codes for reporting all of these critical factors. This is the conclusion of a report entitled, "Undercounted is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives." Ohio residents may want to know the details.
Teens in Ohio can be risky drivers. They lack car control experience, are prone to distractions and sometimes display poor judgment. Because of this, they can endanger themselves and others on the road.
For some Ohio drivers, sharing the road with tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks can be a harrowing experience. When passenger cars are involved in crashes with much larger trucks, those riding in smaller vehicles are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or death. The traffic statistics for 2017 could underline the danger. Even as overall fatalities due to traffic accidents dropped by 1.8 percent in 2017, the number of deaths in collisions involving large trucks increased by 9 percent.
Many Ohio motorists may think they are excellent drivers, but research shows that while this view is common, it is often unsupported. For decades, research has found that people tend to think their driving is above average regardless of their record.