Commercial truck drivers are a consistent focus of federal safety regulators’ scrutiny, with probes constantly being conducted into matters ranging from their work schedules and sleep patterns to their overall health and use of log books.
Semi-trucks are dangerous vehicles. Their size alone can make them hazards on the roads. Combine the size of the trucks, dense traffic and possibly fatigues drivers and truck accident might just be waiting to happen in Cleveland.
In thinking about commercial truck safety in Ohio and nationally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is quite obviously focused on the long term.
Though one particular accident did not occur in the Cleveland area, this sort of incident could occur almost anywhere. A big-rig truck hauling more than 8,000 gallons of fuel suddenly exploded on a freeway on October 27th.
Anyone familiar with Ohio’s highways and interstates knows that the state’s roadways are among the busiest in the country for both passenger and commercial traffic.
If you happen to see Wal-Mart long-distance trucker Warren Greeno driving his big rig in Ohio or elsewhere in the country, you’ll notice him. Greeno will be behind the wheel of a shiny red 18-wheeler that has his name painted on the side.
We see commercial-sized vehicles on the road quite frequently across Cleveland as their make their way from state to state. Generally, we may not think anything of the enormous trucks that drive alongside us, carrying heavy or hazardous cargo, but the fact is that these tractor trailers can pose a serious threat to other motorists.
The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the chance for a destructive accident. Several people in Howland Township, Ohio, learned this for themselves recently when they were caught in a chain-reaction truck accident. Fortunately, nobody was killed; however, eight people were hurt in the accident and it is fortunate that their injuries were not more serious.
We noted in a recent blog post (please see our July 2 entry) the longstanding acrimony that has existed between the commercial trucking industry in Ohio and nationally and federal regulators who enact so-called "hours of service" rules governing drivers' maximum work weeks and sleep periods.
They agree to disagree.