Distracted Truck Drivers
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Texting, email, Facebook – drivers of all kinds may be tempted by any of a number of distractions while on the road. The temptation to quickly check a text, to light a cigarette, or to do anything other than driving may be great, but one's desire to drive safely should overpower this temptation. This is particularly applicable when it comes to truck drivers, who operate the largest and heaviest vehicles on Florida's roadways. The majority of these commercial drivers are experienced and put safety first, but those that do not place everyone on the road at risk.
According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- Truck drivers who text take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds. If the truck is traveling 55 miles per hour, it would travel the entire length of a football field without the driver looking at the road.
- Truck drivers who dial on their cell phones are 5.9 times more likely to cause accidents.
- Truck drivers who reach for a cell phone are 6.7 times more likely to cause accidents.
- Truck drivers using dispatch devices are 8.9 times more likely to cause accidents.
If you were involved in an accident with a distracted truck driver, do not wait to call our firm. Attempting to prove that the truck driver was to blame for the accident can be extremely difficult, especially when you are facing off against a large trucking company or insurance provider that may have a team of attorneys and investigators to counteract truck accident claims. A knowledgeable attorney with the backing of a well-respected firm can work to investigate your claim and present a compelling case against the driver or trucking company.
About Distracted Driving
Widely recognized as one of the greatest hazards on America's roads, distracted driving occurs when a driver engages in any type of activity that takes his or her attention from the road and from driving. This may include visual attention (eyes on the road), manual attention (hands on the wheel) and cognitive attention (mind on driving). Some distractions, such as texting, affect all three forms of attention and are therefore considered the most dangerous. Others may affect just one. In either scenario, a commercial driver's ability to safely operate may be affected.
Some examples of potential distractions that may affect truck drivers include, but are not limited to:
- Viewing or adjusting an in-vehicle navigation system;
- Texting or other smartphone use (email, Facebook, etc.);
- Talking on a hand-held cell phone;
- Using a dispatch device;
- Personal grooming (shaving, etc.);
- Adjusting the radio, CD player or other audio device;
- Looking at a map;
- Eating or drinking;
- Lighting or smoking a cigarette; and
- Talking to passengers.
Get in Touch with Our Tampa Truck Accident Lawyers
All commercial truck drivers in the U.S. are banned from texting while driving. They must also take care to obey traffic laws and to drive in a safe manner, for their safety and the safety of others. When truck drivers or trucking companies violate trucking regulations, traffic laws or other rules set forth to prevent truck accidents, they may be held liable. You may be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault truck driver or other party if you were seriously injured, but you will need to prove how that driver caused the accident. That is where a truck accident lawyer at our Tampa, Florida law firm can make all the difference. Contact Robert Sparks Attorneys to find out how we can help.