August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Tractor trailers are a common sight around Sacramento County as they haul goods up and down the state and even out of the state. With so many big rigs and other vehicles on the freeways and roads, any kind of accident involving a tractor trailer can result in serious injuries
This happened outside of Davis on Interstate 80, according to KCRA. A truck driver crossed over a center divide after hitting two vehicles. He then hit an oncoming BMW head-first, killing the two people inside. The fatal accident occurred because the man passed out after choking on food he was eating, while driving a tractor-trailer. Three people were injured in the crash, one of them being the trucker, himself.
Distraction and truck drivers
Truck drivers spend long periods of time in their trucks and this can encourage them to treat their cab as a sort of mobile office. They communicate with their fleet managers, do paperwork and take care of other tasks--all while driving a vehicle that is well over three times the size of an SUV. When truckers act in such negligent ways, a truck accident
is often the result.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration assembled a report in 2009 that focused on distracted driving among commercial drivers. The study looked at instances of near-crashes, lane deviations and crashes, gathered from commercial motor vehicle data and video reviews. The researchers found that driver distraction is a problem and that tasks can raise a driver's risk of being in a collision.
The study also found that fleet managers needed to do more to educate their drivers on the risks associated with distracted driving and to establish clear policies to help eliminate risky behaviors. It was recommended that even designers of instrument panels should look at ways to change the panels in order to decrease the amount of time a driver would have to look at them.
Eliminating distracted behavior in commercial vehicles
While the FMCSA has already taken the step and banned the use of hand-held phones and texting while driving for interstate truckers, there are many things that truckers can do to decrease their risk of distraction. These tips include:
- Stop to have a cigarette break
- Avoid eating or drinking in the cab
- Do not stare at items outside the truck such as other vehicles, billboards or buildings.
- Wait to do paperwork until the truck is parked and turned off.
- Keep the cell phone turned off.
In addition, truckers should beware of bringing anything that could distract their eyes or mind from the road around them, such as maps, calculators and other instruments. A distracted trucker is less likely to see a car braking in front of them or notice that he is deviating out of his lane.
For victims of distracted truck drivers it is important to find an attorney in their area that is experienced in handling these types of cases.
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