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Stolen truck crashes into cars

Residents of Ohio may be interested to learn that a series of collisions occurred between a semi-truck and several motor vehicles on a California highway on April 7, 2013. A man driving a stolen truck said he tried to escape from zombies. The truck was operated by a man police described as a transient. He was a rider in the semitruck. When left alone in the cab at a highway stop, he took the vehicle and proceeded to drive off. After colliding with many vehicles he overturned the truck. He later told police it was all an attempt to shake off zombies that were clinging to the back of the truck.The man in the stolen truck struck four vehicles and caused consequent collisions as vehicles went out of control and then collided with other vehicles. Some occupants of the vehicles he struck were seriously injured. Truck accidents have a deadly potential due to the speed and mass of a fast moving semi-trailer. In this case, there was the additional factor of a driver apparently under a chemical influence and hallucinating.

I-75 truck accident leaves one injured

A truck driver on Interstate 75 near Vandalia was caught while in the process of fleeing the scene of a crash March 28. The truck accident occurred near the Northwoods exit on the northbound side of the interstate when the tractor-trailer made an improper lane change and struck an SUV driven by a woman. The victim sustained minor injuries in the crash but was treated and released at the scene. The truck driver continued traveling and reportedly did not stop at the scene of the accident. Ohio State Troopers caught the driver about 30 miles north of the accident site. He will be charged with improper lane change as well as leaving the scene of an accident.

Car accident kills Ohio man

In Lyons, Ohio, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on March 11, a pickup truck collided with a semi-truck pulling a tanker. A 22-year-old Ohio resident who was the driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver did not report any injuries. The tanker was empty at the time of the truck accident. It is believed that the accident occurred because the young man failed to stop at a stop sign. The pickup collided with the rear axle of the semi-truck. Police believe that alcohol may have contributed to the collision. The man's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was not released.

ATA believes FMCSA regulations are based on agenda

The American Trucking Associations is challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new rules about off-duty break periods and restart periods based on the argument that there is no data to back up the change in regulations. The ATA argues that the new rules will not prevent a single truck accident based on available data. Instead, the organization notes that existing rules have proven effective and that the changes are driven by the FMCSA's own agenda. The ATA has brought the matter on for a hearing before the Appeals Court in an effort to bar the agency from enforcing the new regulations. The ATA, supported by other trucking groups, is arguing that the new rules will place undue burdens on truckers across the country and will not lower accident rates. The group also claims that the changes are not based on any type of verifiable data but instead on an agenda designed by the FMCSA to inconvenience trucking companies.

Major truck collision injures two in Martins Ferry

A recent accident involving a tractor trailer and a rented Penske box truck caused injuries and delays on the Ohio 7. The box truck rear-ended the big rig, resulting in a truck accident that trapped the box truck's driver and passenger between the dashboard and their seats. The injured had to be removed from their crushed vehicle by the Jaws of Life. The driver sustained minor injuries, but the passenger, the 10-year-old daughter of the driver, sustained life-threatening injuries. She was flown to a nearby children's hospital. Following the crash, both lanes of the Ohio 7 were shut down, and traffic was rerouted while the scene was being cleared.

Three potential truck accident claims

Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, a collision with one can be devastating. In addition to severe property damage to your vehicle, if you find yourself involved in a truck accident you may also suffer severe bodily injury.

New DOT regs strengthen medical exam rules for truckers

We recently discussed the link between trucker health and safety and it looks like federal regulators have taken notice as well. New federal Department of Transportation regulations, which go into effect in May of 2014, will require many commercial drivers, including bus and commercial truck drivers, to get their biennial physical exam from a certified medical provider.

New study links high trucker weight to increased accident risk

A recent study confirms that there is a direct link between a commercial truck driver's body mass index and his or her likelihood of being involved in a crash. The study found that obese truck drivers were 43 to 55 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than truckers with a BMI in the normal range.

Cincinnati semitrailer accident sends 1 to the hospital

A recent truck accident on Third Street at the intersection with Broadway sent one man to the hospital. With the size and weight of a semitrailer truck, the driver who was injured is extremely lucky that he was not more seriously injured or dead. The people of Cincinnati hear about trucking accidents all the time and many of the injuries are incredibly severe or fatal.

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