Why Ohio Has More Fatal Truck Crashes Than Most States?Mar 18, 2019 Commercial Vehicle Accidents Legal Blog Ohio Personal Injury
Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
The U.S. Department of Transportation discovered that more than half a million truck crashes arise each year, leading to approximately 5,000 fatalities. Due to their massive weight and size, trucks almost always cause more harm in accidents than smaller vehicles like sedans and SUVs.
Disturbingly, Ohio has more fatal truck crashes than most states. If you lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident in Ohio, consult the highly skilled and experienced truck accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We can help you recover compensation for funeral costs, loss of companionship, and other damages.
Ohio Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Ohio along with California, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina represents the highest average of fatal truck crashes between 2014 and 2016.
In fatal truck accidents that occurred during this two-year period, speed was a factor in 17 percent of crashes. 61 percent of fatal crashes took place in rural areas while 27 percent occurred in work zones. Truck driver distraction accounted for 6 percent of the accidents and cell phone usage played a role in 16 percent.
How to Prevent Fatal Truck Accidents in Ohio
Driving defensively and obeying all traffic laws is the key to preventing fatal truck accidents in Ohio. Both truck drivers and passenger vehicles can use the following safety tips to reduce the risk of tragic collisions.
- Give trucks at least six seconds of space on the highway or in poor conditions.
- Refrain from passing trucks on the right when they are making right turns.
- Avoid abruptly cutting in front of trucks.
- Get plenty of rest before driving a truck and pull over if you’re feeling fatigued.
- Ensure proper truck maintenance and never drive a defective truck.
- Maintain visibility of mirrors to avoid the blind spots found on all trucks.
- Drive slowly in work areas and school zones.
Why Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
When a loved one is killed in a truck accident that was not their fault, it’s essential to seek legal representation right away. Truck accidents are more complex than traditional motor vehicle accidents because multiple parties may be liable for your loved one’s death.
A lawyer can help determine whether the truck driver was responsible by figuring out whether the crash could’ve been prevented if the driver had a different reaction. They may also investigate the trucking company and ask questions like if the truck was well-maintained or did the driver receive the proper training?
Once liability has been established, a lawyer can file a wrongful death claim on your behalf so you can recover your damages. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, it can be used to pay for a funeral, support your family if you depended on your loved one’s income, and help you move forward with your life.
Lost a Loved One in an Ohio Truck Accident? Contact KNR.
If you’ve tragically lost someone in a fatal Ohio truck accident, consult the truck accident lawyers with KNR as soon as possible. You can count on us to perform a thorough investigation, determine liability, and protect your rights. Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or submit a request online to set up a free, no-risk consultation.