Distracted truck drivers in Tennessee pose a dangerous threat to those they share the road with. When a truck driver becomes distracted and causes an accident, those who are involved have the potential to incur severe injuries and suffer from other significant consequences.
According to ABC News, a police officer in Arizona was killed last year by a truck driver who was using his cellphone to view a social media site as he drove along the highway. He had intentionally put his wallet in front of the dashboard camera to prevent footage of him being taken by this camera while he was on his cellphone. Before the truck driver caused the fatal collision, another police officer standing near the side of the highway attempted to alert the truck driver before his truck veered into an area where several police cars were parked.
Distracted driving statistics
Truck drivers increase their chances of causing a car accident by 20 times if they make the decision to text and drive, states a study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. This particular study also discovered the following:
- When a truck driver looks at a map behind the wheel of their vehicle, they raise their chances of causing an accident by seven times.
- When a truck driver uses a dispatch device, they are 8.9 times more likely to cause a collision.
- When a truck driver presses numbers on their cellphone's keypad, they are 5.9 times more likely to cause an accident.
- A truck driver becomes 6.7 times more likely to cause a collision if they attempt to reach for their cellphone.
According to the FMSCA, truck drivers are not allowed to text and drive. This includes entering information into a website page, pushing more than one button on their cellphone to stop a conversation on their phone, e-mailing and sending instant messages while they are driving.
The danger of truck accidents
Even though texting and driving is a prohibited action for truck drivers, many give in to the temptation to use an electronic device behind the wheel of their vehicle because they spend multiple hours a day operating a truck. However, since commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and their vehicles often carry hazardous cargo, the decision to check an e-mail or send a quick text message can have serious consequences for other drivers.
Drivers who were involved in a truck accident may face high medical bills, physical consequences and the inability to work for a short time period of long-term. If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted truck driver, consult with a personal injury attorney who can work to ensure your best interests are defended.