The impact of truck driver distraction on truck accidents

Distracting driving increase the risk of a truck crash. Truck driver distractions can come from within the cab of the truck or outside of the cab of the truck but regardless of where the distractions come from, they can be dangerous and can result in truck accidents.

The dangers of distracted driving

A study from 2006 found that driver distraction was the leading factor in truck crashes and near-crashes. It also found that 80% of truck crashes involved some form of driver distraction in the 3 seconds prior to the crash or near-crash.

Examples of driver distraction inside the truck’s cab can include dialing a cell phone, texting, using dispatching devices, eating, reading or adjusting the radio. External distractions external to the truck’s cab can include looking at a passing building, billboard or other person. Data collected over three years by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that an estimated 11,000 truck crashes across the nation involved distractions external to the truck’s cab.

Texting while driving is the most dangerous type of distracted driving. A study from 2009 found that texting while driving increased by 23 times the driver’s chances of being involved in a safety-critical event. Drivers traveling at 55 miles per hour who remove their eyes from the roadway to write a text message travel the length of a football field without looking at the road which is risky and dangerous.

Truck driver distractions can lead to truck accidents which may cause victims serious injuries and harm. Personal injury legal protections can help victims seeking compensation for their damages which is a legal remedy they should be familiar with.