Distractions are one of the leading causes of car accidents today. When a driver is distracted they become disoriented and will often times weave across lanes, resulting in hazardous conditions for other drivers. In the trucking industry, drivers will often be required to drive for extended periods of time across great distances. During these trips, some drivers will become bored and try and multitask while driving. It is because of these scenarios, that dangerous accidents occur.
Truck drivers who choose to make phone calls, text, or eat while driving, are subjecting other drivers to hazardous conditions. While it’s important for all drivers to abide by state laws, it’s specifically important for truck drivers. Those truck drivers who are driving these distances are more often than not at full capacity, holding maximum weight, which is what makes them even more so hazardous than other vehicles. A simple distraction, for even a few seconds, may result in a devastating accident for a passenger vehicle.
A study of truck drivers found that a driver who took the time to dial a number on their cell phone increased their likelihood of being involved in an accident by approximately 5.9 times. The driver who attempted to reach for their cell phone increased their likelihood of an accident by 7 to 8.9 times. Even the slightest distraction, such as these few second intervals, can ultimately result in disaster. Management at trucking companies need to share the severity of these distractions and the consequences of such actions with their employees to prevent any further devastation.
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations acknowledges that it is unlawful to text while driving, there are still, unfortunately, a great deal of repeated offenders. The FMCSR has ruled that drivers who fail to comply with the regulations regarding texting, will be disqualified from operating CMV’s in interstate commerce in addition to receiving civil penalties. These rules were implemented for the purpose of making our nation’s highways safe. Deliberately neglecting to abide by such rules may result in serious injuries, and far too often, fatalities.
Unfortunately, texting, is one of many distractions that occur on the road. Whether you’re a truck driver or not, be mindful of such distractions when driving. The known risks of these distractions are highly dangerous! Should you be involved in an accident involving such distractions, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer. Call Brad Pistotnik Law for a free consultation. Stay safe!