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Certain drivers must hold commercial drivers' licenses

Anyone who wants to legally drive a personal vehicle in Ohio must first obtain a driving credential. That credential could be a permit, which gives a driver supervised options for operating motor vehicles, or a license, which allows them to drive on their own. Additionally, drivers of commercial vehicles must also obtain licenses and those licenses are different than those required of individual drivers.

Who can you sue after a commercial vehicle accident?

Commercial drivers work long hours to carry the goods Akron residents want and need to their local retailers. While many commercial drivers are careful, conscientious individuals who take pride in their safe operating records, others may look for ways to bend the rules and get their work done faster than the law technically would allow them to do. A prior post here discussed how commercial drivers are generally subject to hours of service regulations. When drivers make mistakes or cut corners, they put the safety of other motorists in jeopardy.

Commercial drivers may be subject to hours of service regulations

Drivers in Ohio may notice that more large commercial vehicles are on the state's interstates and highways as the evening turns into night and fewer personal vehicles are on the roads. Clear roads and fewer hazards can allow truck drivers to make better time as they drive their loads to their destinations. However, drivers who operate at night and all other times of the day should be rested and alert so that they do not cause accidents with other motorists.

Fighting for victims of commercial vehicle accidents

An accident involving an Ohio resident and a commercial vehicle is not like one between two passenger vehicles. Aside from the fact that commercial vehicles are often much larger and potentially more damaging that personal vehicles, commercial vehicles carry with them a variety of questions regarding who owns them, who is responsible for maintaining them and who is tasked with training their drivers.

Distracted driving affects truckers, commercial vehicle drivers

When Akron residents think of distracted drivers, they likely think of teens and young adults with cell phones in their hands while they are behind the wheels of their cars. This imagery is not inaccurate: young drivers have caused and have been involved in dangerous distracted driving accidents throughout the nation due to their use of texting and other communication devices.

Why are large trucks potentially dangerous to other vehicles?

Large trucks go by many different names, such as "big rigs," 18-wheelers and semi-trucks, to name a few. Akron residents may be used to seeing them traveling down local highways and interstates as the trucks carry goods to locations near and far. While large commercial trucks may be commonplace to see, they pose highly specific and dangerous risks to others when their drivers fail to operate them in safe ways.

Ohio truck driver convicted in fatal truck accident

Commercial vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries for victims and liability for negligent drivers. An Ohio man was recently convicted of causing a fatal accident while driving distracted. The man was driving a 30,000 pound tractor trailer when he crashed into stopped traffic while participating in a Facebook quiz on his smartphone. The traffic was stopped for construction. In addition, the man was accused of driving while impaired and being under the influence of oxycodone.

Legal protections for truck accident victims

This blog recently discussed the serious threat truck accidents pose to victims. Unfortunately, accidents involving semi-trucks, commercial vehicles and large trucks have increased since 1992. Additionally, efforts to improve trucking regulations or enforce existing trucking regulations have not been a priority. Truck accidents can cause both catastrophic injuries to victims and deathso it is important for victims to be familiar with their legal protections.

Three semi-truck accidents injure several victims

Truck accident victims are legally protected. A series of truck accidents in Ohio on the freeway recently left several victims injured. The first accident took place less than two hours south of the Akron area between a semi-truck and at least two passenger vehicles and several injuries were reported. The second accident was between two semi-trucks and two passenger vehicles. The third accident involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle and 3 victims were transported to a local hospital following the third semi-truck accident.

What to know if you are injured by a commercial vehicle

Operating any motor vehicle requires training, safety precautions and an understanding of state and federal traffic laws. The same is true whether you drive a motorcycle or a massive commercial vehicle. However, it is the commercial vehicle drivers who can cause the most damage if they fail to operate their vehicle safely and properly.

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