The Dangers of Distracted Driving by Commercial Truck Drivers
Aggressive representation when drivers fail to keep their eyes on the road
If a truck operator takes his or her eyes off the road for even a few seconds, disaster may strike. Trucks can cause fatal accidents and serious injuries when they collide with other vehicles because their size and weight creates an immense amount of physical force. It is vital all truck drivers maintain a clear focus, free of distractions. Sadly, truck drivers may be tempted to take their eyes off the road, particularly after driving long distances by themselves. Additionally, newer technology increases the ways drivers can be distracted.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Ohio distracted truck driver lawyers understand exactly why safety must come first and foremost on the road. Drivers who do not have their eyes on the highways and their hands on the steering wheel can cause serious harm to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Injured victims who survive these horrible accidents often suffer permanent injuries. Many catastrophic accident victims need a lifetime of care. Our firm helps ensure you and your family obtains the compensation you need to recover all related expenses.
Why driver distraction is such a big problem
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PHMSA, have set forth rules on the use of technology while driving commercial vehicles including hazardous materials. The aim of these rules is to end distracted driving.
The evidence is now clear that drivers of commercial vehicles are 23.2 times more likely to have an accident or near-accident, by changing lanes for example – if they drive while texting. On average, drivers who text take their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. For drivers going 55mph, this means a truck driver will not be looking at the road for the length of a whole football field.
Drivers who just dial a cell phone while operating their vehicle increase the odds of an accident by six times over those who do not dial.
The rules prohibit texting while driving. Texting includes entering information or reading information from any electronic device. Drivers and motor companies that allow texting while driving can suffer civil penalties. Additionally, our Ohio distracted driving truck lawyers use the fact of texting while driving to show the driver and businesses were negligent or worse – so irresponsible that they should pay punitive damages.
Types of driver distraction
Distracted driving is not just limited to texting or dialing. Any of the following acts can cause a driver to take his/her eyes off the road or off the steering wheel. Each of these acts increases the likelihood of an accident significantly:
- Talking on the phone
- Looking at a GPS system
- Drinking or eating
- Personal grooming
- Reading, including reading maps
- Changing the radio station
- Watching a video
- Smoking or lighting a cigarette
Speak with an experienced Ohio distracted truck driver attorney today
There is no excuse for distracted driving. Every driver, especially a commercial truck driver, knows that their number one duty is to keep their eyes on the road at all times. It is especially reckless when truck and shipping companies require or permit their drivers to violate this fundamental duty to the public. Our Ohio distracted truck driver lawyers investigate which distraction took place to hold the wrongdoers accountable. To review your case in Chagrin Falls, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chesterfield, Columbus, or anyplace in Ohio – please phone 877-686-8879 to meet with a lawyer or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.