With Ohio being centrally located in the United States, trucks that are hauling goods back and forth will be a common sight on state roadways. For people who encounter these large vehicles, it can be concerning. A truck accident leaves little margin for error, and their size and the speeds at which they travel can increase the chances of a serious accident that results in injuries and fatalities. Research is useful when understanding the risk of a collision and its aftermath. One study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) validates concerns related to fatal truck crashes, as they are shown to be on the rise despite an overall improvement in roadway safety.
The large size of trucks, especially compared to passenger cars, can be deadly in crashes. This fact makes a recent report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration even more alarming. The FMCSA found that deadly large truck accidents rose in this country in 2016, the last year that statistics are available.
Safety ratings are used to help prevent truck accidents by preventing trucking companies with poor ratings from continuing operations. Trucking and bus companies with unsatisfactory records, however, try to escape their unsafe records by closing and then reopening under a new carrier name.
Motorists in Ohio are familiar with truck accidents on highways caused by reckless or inattentive truck drivers. However, a recent accident involving Congressional Republican House leaders traveling on an Amtrak train shows that these accidents are not limited to roadways or with other vehicles.
Because of their smaller size, a car and its occupants lose in a crash with a larger truck. The results are particularly deadly in an under-side crash when a car sides under a truck's body. Bi-partisan legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate to help prevent these truck accidents.