Truck Driver Inattention: Distraction is Dangerous

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on April 16, 2018

Texting while driving a large truckAny time a driver is preoccupied with something other than driving, it means that they are distracted. The dangers of distracted driving are severe. At highway speeds, a vehicle can travel the length of a football field in a matter of 5 seconds. Many catastrophic accidents can happen in that short amount of time, especially with large vehicles like commercial trucks.

A Provo, UT truck accident attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you and your loved ones if a distracted truck driver caused a catastrophic accident. Let’s consider these kinds of collisions in a bit more detail.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving caused the deaths of 3,477 people in the year 2015. During the same year, an estimated 391,000 people were injured because of driver distraction.

Texting and Cellphone Use While Driving

Cellphones are one of the most common sources of driver distraction today. On an average day during daytime, 660,000 American motorists while use their cellphones behind the wheel. Texting, calling, or checking apps while driving can lead to severe collisions.

The Dangers of Rubbernecking

Old-fashioned distractions can also prove deadly. It’s human nature to slow down and stare at an incident on the side of the road. Yet doing this can result in major collisions. Truck drivers need to exercise caution while driving, which means no rubbernecking. Attention must be paid to the road ahead and the motorists sharing this road.

Other Causes of Driver Distraction

In addition to the above causes of driver distraction, truck drivers may be distracted by the following:

  • Checking or changing the radio
  • Eating while driving
  • Reading while driving
  • Reaching for objects within the cab of the truck
  • Adjusting seats or mirrors while the vehicle is in motion

Again, we stress that hands must remain on the wheel, and eyes must remain on the road. The potential harm to others is simply not worth the risk.

Commercial Truck Accidents Can Be Catastrophic

As we noted, the size of commercial trucks makes them such a major hazard on the road. According to numbers from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large trucks were involved in 53,263 injury collisions and 4,050 fatal collisions. The lasting damage caused by a large truck accident can change a household’s lives forever.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

Our attorneys will consider all of the evidence in your accident and build a case against the truck driver responsible for the crash. During the lawsuit, we’ll help you seek damages to cover medical expenses, vehicle damage, and other financial losses associated with the accident. If a loved one was killed due to the truck driver’s negligence, we will be aggressive in seeking compensation to address the funerary expenses and the emotional pain and suffering related to the tragic loss of life.

We will be here for you every step of the way, providing invaluable legal counsel as well as peace of mind.

Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers

To learn more about your legal rights and options following a trucking accidents, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton are here to help you and your loved ones in your time of legal need.

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