Each day, thousands of big rigs carry their goods along Ohio’s highways. Recently, the speed limit was raised to 65 miles per hour for big rigs on all Ohio freeways. Opponents of the new speed limit claim that it will increase the number of truck accidents on Ohio’s highways, while proponents claim the old speed limit of 55 mph caused problems because of the 10 mph difference with other traffic. Regardless of who is right, whether truck accident fatalities in Ohio go up or down during the next few years remains to be seen.

Ohio attorney Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. knows that the time following a truck accident involving fatalities can be difficult, and has experience helping survivors through the complex legal maze of building a case against trucking defendants. For a free consultation call (614) 766-2000

Ohio Truck Accident Statistics

With all the truck and other motor vehicle traffic on Ohio’s roads, accidents are inevitable. While any motor vehicle accident has the potential for tragedy, accidents involving big rigs are almost always more deadly than other accidents. Recent Ohio statistics show the following:

  • There were 20,993 crashes involving trucks of all sizes
  • There were 154 fatalities
  • There were 5,656 injuries

Of the 20 thousand plus trucking accidents in Ohio, more than 12 thousand were the fault of the truck driver, a full 58 percent.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

While the possible causes of motor vehicle accidents are numerous, there are several common factors that contribute to fatal truck accidents in Ohio. These include the following:

  • Equipment safety violations
  • Poor equipment maintenance
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Improper loading
  • Driver fatigue or distraction

In addition to these factors, there are other less obvious contributors to trucking accidents, including the following:

  • Inadequate driver training – Many trucking companies have high driver turnover rates. Inadequate training of new drivers is an ongoing problem that can put the motoring public at risk.
  • Driver compensation for speedy deliveries – In many cases, drivers are rewarded monetarily for getting their loads delivered faster, which can result in excessive speed or driver fatigue.

Tight delivery schedules and monetary incentives for speedy deliveries tend to increase instances of illegal stimulant drug use by some over-the-road truckers.

Determining Fault

Truck accidents can add layers of complexity in determining who is at fault. While truck drivers are ultimately responsible for their own actions, trucking employers or lessees may also be liable for damages in a wrongful death case. An experienced truck accident attorney can untangle the liability complexities and help you build a case against all of the at-fault parties.

If a loved one of yours has been the victim of a fatal truck accident, contact Ohio personal injury attorney Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A., for a free, no-obligation initial consultation  to discuss your potential legal rights and begin building a case against the wrongdoers. Please call (614) 766-2000 or contact us online today. Serving Dublin, New Albany, Columbus, and all areas of Ohio.