Distractions for Truck Drivers

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
  • Smoking
  • 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
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent scarring
  • Amputation
  • 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.