The number of road users killed in tractor-trailer accidents rose sharply between 2009 and 2017. According to a recent report released by Road Safe America, many of those deaths in Ohio and other states would have been prevented by safety systems that are already available but not yet mandated. The Atlanta-based nonprofit organization's study also reveals that commercial vehicle accident deaths rose while the total number of miles covered by trucks actually fell slightly.
Drivers in Ohio frequently hear public safety announcements and reminders about the dangers of distracted driving. Despite the information campaigns, however, distraction continues to pose a danger on the road. In fact, one survey found that 88 percent of American drivers identified distracted driving as the most serious threat to roadway safety. When truck drivers fall victim to distraction, the results can be particularly catastrophic. Trucking accidents can be devastating to other cars and people involved in a collision; passenger vehicles and pedestrians face a much greater risk of fatalities when a large truck is involved.
Large trucks in Ohio and other parts of the country aren't required to use crash-avoidance technology, which has long been a concern for some drivers who have to share the road with such vehicles. There is an increased call for industry changes following the release of federal data that shows a nearly 30 percent spike in accidents involving tractor-trailers, semis and other large trucks over a seven-year period. In spite of the increased risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not pushed for the mandatory use of crash avoidance technology.