As summer nears, traffic safety experts in Ohio and across the country know that rollover truck accidents become an increased risk on roads and highways.
When people think of workplace injuries, their minds are often understandably drawn to on-the-job accidents that occur in stationary work places, such as offices, factories, retail establishments and similar sites.
If, while driving, you've ever thought that some bridges across roadways seem unduly low for some of the commercial trucks busily engaged in transit, your instincts are correct: With alarming frequency, big rigs do not have enough clearance to pass safely beneath bridges, and crash as a result.
Here's a bit of irony that has recently been manifest on Interstate 90 in the most northeastern corner of the state near Pennsylvania: A highway repair project geared toward increasing traffic safety has quite directly led to a spate of truck accidents.
Many motorists get uneasy when driving in the presence of 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. But according to new driver safety data, the risks don't necessary lie in the commercial vehicles themselves, but rather how other cars behave around them.
Some day in the future when people who pay close attention to the government bureaucracy and high-placed regulators within it are asked to think of a high-ranking official who was consumer-friendly and unabashedly activist, the name of Ray LaHood might come to mind for many of them.
Ohio is a major hub of interstate commercial truck traffic, with a heavy volume of trucks busily on the move at all times, and state and federal policy makers and transportation regulators are always closely tuned in to safety-related policies, debates and initiatives.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Toyota has recalled vehicles for rust issues that could cause car and truck accidents. The latest motor vehicle recall involved Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks, with around 150,000 of them recalled for model years 2001 through 2004.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hopes to seriously penalize truck and bus companies that display consistent avoidance of safety rules.
Continued commercial truck accidents caused by faulty GPS technology have prompted one U.S. Senator to call for the government to step in and demand improved standards for global positioning units, while many industry experts think the task of regulation should be kept in the hands of the trucking industry itself.