Dangerous Truck Driver Distractions

Dangerous Truck Driver Distractions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that truck drivers who are driving while texting are 23% more likely to crash. Sadly, this behavior is just one of the many distracting and destructive tendencies that truck drivers engage in that leads to serious crashes and injuries.

Common Types of Truck Driver Distractions

On the road, distraction is equal to destruction. Truck drivers can engage in distracted driving in three main forms:

1.    Visual

Truck drivers can engage in visual distraction by looking down at their mobile phones, watching videos, and more. They may also get their eyes off the road to look at outside events or objects or reach for things in other parts of the cab.

2.    Manual

Manual distraction occurs when a driver gets their hands off the steering wheel. For instance, they can do so to grab objects, text or dial a phone, operate the radio, eat or drink, and more.

3.    Cognitive

Cognitive distraction occurs when a driver is “lost in thought” or focused on something else while driving. This can happen due to conversations with passengers, listening to engaging podcasts, or simply daydreaming. Cognitive distraction is common when drivers are fatigued.

Dangers of Distracted Truck Driving

So, why is distracted driving risky? According to the FMCSA statistics, distracted driving caused 255 fatal truck accidents in a recent year, and this is likely underreported. Such crashes can result in death and any of the following injuries:

  • Back injuries.
  • Neck injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Broken and fractured bones.
  • Various head and brain injuries.
  • Internal bleeding.
  • Organ amputations
  • Internal organ damage.

Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Today

Have you suffered injuries due to distracted truck driving, and would you like to know your rights? An experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney from Ben F. Windham, PC, can help you. Contact us for a free consultation today.