Sunday, 11 January 2015

Ontario: Winter Conditions Add To Commercial Truck Accident Concerns

Ontario: Winter Conditions Add To 
Commercial Truck Accident Concerns

The Ontario Provincial Police is concerned about the number of commercial truck related accidents this winter. They have responded to more than 1,200 commercial motor vehicle collisions since November 1.

Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 17 the OPP responded to 1,295 collisions that involved commercial trucks with more than 220 of these incidents having occurred over the past 10 days alone. In one recent incident, the driver of the tractor trailer drove into a bridge support, resulting in the jackknifed truck, leaking approximately 15,000 litters of diesel fuel into a creek.

The OPP continues to see large trucks lose control and roll over when the drivers ignore posted ramp speed advisories signs, and they fail to slow down, when travelling on highway on and off ramps.

"The OPP acknowledges that many commercial motor vehicle drivers take their driving responsibilities seriously, but it is imperative that every person, who drives a large truck, recognises the increased risks and social costs. The risk of death and serious injuries is greater, and the property damage and disruption to the movement of traffic are more extensive, when large load bearing vehicles are involved in collisions," 

Nine of the commercial truck road crashes, since Nov 1, resulted in the loss of life. Since the beginning of 2014, the OPP has responded to more than 8,850 collisions that involved a truck, with 74 resulting in deaths.

The OPP is reminding drivers to:

-Adjust your speed and slow right down when visibility and road conditions deteriorate and avoid non essential travel during these periods.

-Activate your full set of headlights every day throughout the winter months, since using the full set of headlights is the only way to completely engage your rear lights and this is critical in helping to reduce the risk of collisions when driving in poor visibility.

About Smart Lite 
60% of all truck accidents are directly contributed to the front end blind spot of commercial trucks. In North America alone over 5,000 deaths and 140,000 injuries occur annually. At Smart Lite we believe that those statistics are far too high.

What is Smart Lite? Smart Lite is designed to reduce crashes, to save lives and to reduce injuries. The system was designed by Marty Vanderhoek, a professional commercial truck driver with over 20 years experience in the industry. It is a simple, yet unique design that utilises simple mirror to mirror technology to completely expose the entire front end area of the truck to the driver from inside the cab. As a result. the device offers the driver a clear and unrestricted view of any vehicle, motorcycle, cyclist or pedestrian that could be in the front or blind spots or no zone area of the truck.

No high tech cameras, mirrors or unreliable beeper systems. With Smart Lite the driver instantly sees whatever is in the front and blind spot areas of the truck by a split second glance into the West Coast mirror. For more information on the Smart Lite system please visit our web page or contact us at  

About Marty Vanderhoek : Inventor of the Smart Lite 

Marty Vanderhoek is a life long trucker from Langley, B.C., Canada whose been at the wheel since 1975, from fish to fruit he’s pulled it all.

His 35 years experience behind the wheel has taught him the many dangers that truckers face on a daily basis. One area is that front end blind spot that plagues every truck driver. How on earth can you see that car or motorcycle that is running beside you and a little ahead of your door?. Essentially, you can't! Until Now....

Drawing upon his 35 years experience behind the wheel Marty invented the Smart Lite; A simple system which he says is “A breakthrough in commercial trucking that will save lives” According to Marty "The Smart Lite device is revolutionary in that it allows the operator to see what is occupying the space in that front end blind spot. Before Smart Lite there was no device or system that allowed the operator to make a 100% visual determination of what was beside him and a little ahead of his door. With Smart Lite that problem is now solved."

Indeed, this simple yet revolutionary safety device is already being hailed by commercial truckers for its simplicity and effectiveness. The device has already received an endorsement by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) as a safety feature that greatly improves trucker safety.

"A Breakthrough In Commercial Trucking That Will Save Lives!"

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