Distracted Driving Truck Accidents
Distracted driving has become a serious problem all over America. Drivers who feel the need to concentrate on their phones instead of on the road inevitably put other drivers and pedestrians at risk. A distracted driver is a risk in an ordinary vehicle but the risk increases exponentially if the driver is in a large commercial vehicle like a truck. That is because the sheer size and weight of a truck means that it poses a greater danger to other drivers if it goes out of control. The size and weight of the truck also mean that it is less agile than a smaller vehicle, which means that mistakes are harder to correct.
Kent Spence is a truck accident lawyer in Wyoming with over thirty years of experience helping truck accident victims. If you have been in an accident that was caused by a distracted truck driver, then contact Kent Spence. He will do all that he can to make sure that you get the compensation you need to take care of expenses like medical bills, repair bills, and lost wages. The trucking company that the truck driver works for will have an army of lawyers on their side; contact Kent Spence so that you can even the playing field.
What Are The Rules for Truckers About Distracted Driving?
All motorists must adhere to the rules about driving while distracted. However, there are a different, but similar, set of rules that pertain to truck drivers. These rules are dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA). The following rules apply to vehicles that weigh more than 10,001 pounds:
- Drivers cannot hold, use, or reach for their phones while driving.
- Drivers can only use their phones when they have pulled over on the side of the road, or they are in a location where their vehicle is completely stopped.
- Drivers are only allowed to use hands-free devices like earbuds.
If a driver does not obey any of these rules, then they face a fine of up to $2,750 for each offense.
The Statistics of Distracted Driving for Truckers
According to the FMCSA, the following statistics show how distracted driving affects a truck driver:
- Truck drivers who use their cell phone while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident
- Truck drivers who reach for an object are three times more likely to be involved in an accident
- A truck driver who texts and takes their eyes off the road does so for an average of 4.6 seconds. If they were traveling at 55 MPH while doing so, then they would have traveled the length of a football field in that time.
- If a truck driver dials a handheld device while driving, then they are 600% more likely to be involved in an accident
These are sobering statistics that vividly illustrate just how dangerous it is for a truck driver to operate their vehicle while they are distracted. The danger those distracted drivers present to themselves and to other drivers is very high and very serious.
The Dangers of Distracted Truck Driving
As stated many times before, the size and weight of a truck make them especially dangerous to other smaller vehicles on the road. Any vehicle involved in an accident with a truck runs the risk of getting completely totaled. The dangers to the driver and passengers of those vehicles are also great; they could receive serious injuries to their head, neck, spine, and limbs, and some of those injuries could even result in death.
The size of the truck could mean that multiple vehicles could get involved in the accident as the weight of a truck could send one vehicle careening into others, setting up a chain reaction of destruction. Even if no one was seriously hurt in a truck accident, it could end up causing serious traffic problems and delays because it would take much longer to clean up the mess. If the contents of the trailer get spilled, then that could cause further delays. The dangers caused by a distracted truck driver are far greater than the delays caused by a distracted driver in a smaller vehicle.
Contact Kent Spence If You Have Been In An Accident Caused By a Distracted Trucker
A truck driver who tries to operate their vehicle while they are distracted puts everyone on the road at risk. Doing so is reckless and irresponsible which is why any distracted truck driver that causes an accident needs to be held accountable. That is also why any driver involved in a distracted driving truck accident needs to be fully compensated. The injuries, medical costs, and repair bills will likely be much higher than if the driver was involved in a regular car accident. The time off from work is likely to be longer as well, which means a lot of lost wages. Plus there is also the pain and suffering to consider.
If you have been in an accident caused by a distracted truck driver, then contact truck accident lawyer Kent Spence. He will do everything that he can to make sure that the driver and/or trucking company is held accountable and that you get the compensation you need to take care of all of your injury-related expenses.