Ohio Truck Accident Attorney Investigating Truck Driver Error for injured plaintiffs nationwide
A leading cause of trucking accidents in Ohio is truck driver error. This may include illegal consumption of drugs and alcohol, reckless driving, texting and driving, and other preventable driving errors.
There is federal oversight for heavy commercial trucks and Ohio state agencies like the Ohio Department of Transportation who try to identify and improve unsafe roads, enforce traffic laws, and promote safe driving behavior, but that is not always enough.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey concluded that human driver error is the primary reason for over 90 percent of truck-car crashes.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury attorney, experienced in investigating and settling truck and traffic accident claims nationwide.
Common Truck Driver Error
Events leading up to a negligent truck crash in Ohio may be argued as poor driving behavior. For example, abusing drugs and alcohol before getting behind the wheel can constitute driver error, just as much as texting and driving. There are several factors that can contribute to a cause of a truck accident in Ohio. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the following are the most common driver errors:
- Failure to stop for a stop sign
- Failure to make a turn signal
- Unsafe crossing of traffic
- Improper lane changes
- Driving while intoxicated
- Unsafe excessive speeding
- Passing with insufficient headway
- Crossing lane lines
- Reckless turning
- Driver Fatigue
- Failing to maintain vehicle and tires
- Texting and driving
- Driver distraction
Inaccurate Truck Driver Logs
For financial reasons, truckers often mark down times that make it look like they slept more than they actually did. Nonetheless, it is possible to catch truckers falsifying their books with certain measures like the following:
- Black box data: It is possible to compare logbooks to a truck’s black box data, which indicates when the truck was traveling and when it was at rest.
- GPS data: GPS data can tell you where the truck was at specific times.
- Mileage on the Odometer: Hard evidence of mileage is difficult to argue.
- Similar trip history: Many truckers in Ohio make the same trips over and over. If one trip looks different on log books it is important to investigate why.
- Driver, Dispatcher, Carrier and Witness testimony: employees of the truck carrier can help determine if the logs reflect the truth.
- Video footage: Like witness testimony, video footage and photos can prove a trucker was traveling if they noted in a logbook that they were off duty.
Truck Accident Prevention in Ohio
It is not always possible to know every factor involved with a truck accident, though certain elements of commercial driving are suspected—poor driver training, poor truck maintenance, trucking companies putting profit over safety, or defective brakes and tires.
Ohio road experts and federal safety agencies try to get truck drivers and trucking companies operating safely, but it is best to take the following precautions:
- Be aware of a truck blind spots & avoid them
- Never cut in front of a truck—braking is difficult for vehicles weighing up to 80,000 pounds
- Avoid tailgating trucks
- Pass on the left side of trucks
Ohio Trucking Accident Lawsuits
The Lyon Firm is dedicated to representing injured motorists involved in Ohio truck accidents due to trucking negligence, falsifying log books, fatigued driving, overloading freight, failure to maintain trucks or reckless driving. Holding trucking companies responsible for accidents can recover costs related to medical expenses, pain and suffering, long-term disability and other damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a preventable truck accident in Ohio, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding truck driver error.