Over the road truck drivers who don’t pay attention can become disorderly, where they weave back and forth across lanes of travel inappropriately moving across lines that have been placed there for safety. Brad Pistotnik Law knows semi drivers may become bored after certain long periods of time. There are many reasons for the fatigue rules on the maximum hours-of-service for truck drivers. Some large truck drivers may multitask and perform other activities, such as texting or talking on the phone, eating while driving, using computers and operating truck message Board’s regarding the place for each delivery they may have. When a truck is fully loaded and at maximum weight it is very important that he or she pays full attention to the road. Studies have been done on the ability of truck drivers to stay focused and completely attentive to the traveled roadway that they may be on. In one of these studies, they tracked a truck driver over a 6 second period of attentiveness while driving. The study found that some drivers can divert their eyes for as long as 4.6 seconds out of a six second period. Utilizing a speed of sixty M.P.H. would result in the driver traveling eighty-eight feet per second. If the truck driver took his or her eyes off of the traveled roadway for 4.6 seconds at sixty M.P.H. he would travel 404.80 feet which is actually longer than a football field. If you use this type of thought process, you are able to see how even a one or two second variation away from the roadway could cause an accident. Another study of truck drivers and distracted driving found that when a truck driver takes the time to dial a cell phone number while traveling on the road the chances of having an accident increased by approximate 5.9 times. When the truck driver attempts to reach for his phone while driving, the probability of a trucking accident increases by 6.7 times. When the truck driver looks at a map or another type of device through dispatch, it increases the likelihood of an accident by 7 to 8.9 times more than without that type of activity. In other words, the truck driver looking at message boards and on-board computers is much more likely to cause an accident. Truck drivers must keep their eyes on the road. Even the briefest inattention can cause disaster. Contact Brad Pistotnik Law for a free consultation.