Distractions for Truck Drivers
Distracted truck driving is a serious problem in the United States, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that distraction contributed to at least 255 fatal truck accidents – and many more injuries – in the United States in a recent year. Thankfully, in many cases, people who are hurt by distracted truck drivers can recover compensation for their losses with the help of a Covington truck accident attorney.
Common Truck Driver Distractions
Truck driver distractions come in different forms, such as:
- Using mobile phones to text, receive calls, or make calls while driving
- Gazing at outside objects or people
- Reaching for or using objects inside the cab
- Eating and/or drinking
- Using GPS to find unfamiliar routes
- Daydreaming or “zoning out”
- Taking to passengers or people on the phone (even hands-free)
Dangers of Distracted Truck Drivers in Georgia
Truck driver distractions are dangerous. Resulting accidents can cause life-changing injuries, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Permanent scarring
- Internal bleeding
What Can Truck Drivers and Others Do to Avoid Distractions?
Fortunately, drivers can avoid distracted driving if they pay attention to these recommendations:
- Understanding the three leading types of distractions – visual, manual, and cognitive.
- Not using their mobile phones while driving.
- Using hands-free connections to receive calls when necessary.
- Getting comfortable before starting their journeys. For instance, they should eat before setting off to avoid being tempted to eat or drink while driving.
- Setting up necessary technologies like stereo and vehicle controls before getting on the road to avoid doing so while driving.
- Not driving when one is not mentally settled due to life challenges or stress.
- Expecting obstacles along the way and setting off earlier to arrive on time.
Call Us Today to Speak with a Covington Truck Accident Lawyer
Distracted truck drivers can cause extremely serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident that involved distracted driving, you should call Ben F. Windham, PC, today. To schedule your free consultation, call our office at 833.236.9467 or contact us online.