Ohio motorists may be familiar with the dangers associated with fatigued truckers on the roads. High-profile incidents have recently drawn national attention to the issue. A tractor-trailer involved in a deadly Georgia crash on May 19 occurred just 20 miles from the site of a similar fatal truck accident that took place a month earlier.
People from Ohio could be interested in some statistics regarding accidents involving large trucks in the U.S. There were 333,000 large trucks involved in traffic accidents in 2012. Of the people involved in those accidents, 3,921 individuals lost their lives, and 104,000 suffered injuries. From 2011 to 2012, there was a four-percent increase in the number of fatalities related to large truck accidents. Injuries involving large trucks increased by 18 percent.
Ohio State University announced that it will pay $500,000 and provide undergraduate tuition to a former student who lost his leg as the result of being victim to a truck accident in September 2012. The 18-year-old student was riding his bicycle along Woodruff Avenue when he was struck by a 71-year-old dump truck driver, causing the student to lose his right leg and suffer serious injuries to his spine and pelvis. The student and his family named the university, the driver and other university contractors liable for the accident in a lawsuit that alleged the parties were negligible regarding student safety.
A 61-year-old Findlay woman found herself seriously injured after a semi-truck crashed into her property on June 26. The 66-year-old driver of the truck ran off the road and crashed into a fence and a utility pole, eventually colliding with a garage.
Three major vehicular crashes that occurred on a single day earlier this month, in locations approximately one hour west of Cleveland on the Ohio turnpike, were primarily caused by speed, snow, and big trucks, according to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.