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Sep 14, 2016

TRUCKERS' CLAIM * USA: "Car drivers cause majority of wrecks"

* Ohio - Large trucks get the blame, but car drivers cause majority of wrecks


--- Looking at where we spend increasing amounts of time: Our highways. Big trucks are getting safer, trucking industry voices say, but safety advocates say too many people still die in crashes involving large trucks... Nationwide, fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses have dropped for decades. But with more trucks and more small cars on the road, the number of truck-involved crashes on Ohio roads has been rising in recent years... Large trucks often get the blame when wrecks occur, but it comes to highway safety drivers of smaller cars have a key role to play, said Ed Feddern, manager of motor carrier enforcement for the Ohio Highway Patrol... On Ohio 49 southbound, drivers are tailgating Joe Pryor’s truck, cutting him off when changing lanes, not signaling their intentions and hanging out in his blind spot – seemingly all at once... But on the way from the distribution center, smaller cars swarm Pryor’s truck. They follow too closely and edge into his lane in front of him, without signaling or allowing enough room... The key, he said, is patience...

... A 2013 study examining 8,309 fatal car-truck crashes, car drivers were “assigned factors,” or found at fault, in 81 percent of crashes versus 27 percent for truck drivers, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute... Cars were the encroaching vehicle in 89 percent of head-on crashes, 88 percent of opposite-direction sideswipes, 80 percent of rear-end crashes and 72 percent of same-direction sideswipes — “obvious indicators of fault,” according to an American Trucking Associations summary of the study’s findings... 
Dayton, OH, USA - (Photo by THOMAS GNAU - Jet Express driver Joe Pryor prepares a trailer before a run) -- Dayton Daily News, by Thomas Gnau - Sept. 13, 2016

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