Accidents involving large commercial trucks such as tractor trailers, garbage trucks, and delivery trucks can cause serious, long-term injuries and even fatalities. And these big-truck accidents are becoming increasingly common. A 2009 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that 71 percent of accidents involving large trucks were caused by a distracted truck driver.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Truck drivers can become distracted in a number of ways both inside and outside the truck. Any one of these can cause a serious road accident. Here are a few causes of distracted driving:
- Texting or using a hand-held mobile phone. Texting is prohibited for commercial truck drivers, and they may only use a hands-free phone.
- Smoking. Lighting a cigarette, smoking, and putting ashes in the tray are all serious driving distractions.
- Eating and drinking. A driver who is eating or drinking is 3.6 times more likely to cause an accident.
- Reading or using maps. This creates a dangerous driving distraction because the driver’s attention is drawn from the road.
- Adjusting a radio or changing an audio book. Even looking away from the road for just a few seconds can lead to fatal mistakes.
- Outside distractions. Objects, people, or events outside the car can be dangerous distractions.
- Substance abuse. Using drugs or alcohol when driving will seriously impair a driver’s ability and concentration.
If you or a family member suffered injuries in an accident involving a distracted commercial truck driver, you may want to talk to a legal specialist about how you can recover compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At Duffy & Feemster, we have experience working with truck accident cases. We are experts at handling complex medical and legal issues and are committed to getting the best results for each of our clients. Call us today at (888) 707-1197 to schedule a free consultation, or use our online form.