August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Driving around Fulton County it is common to see people doing more than driving. Some may be on their phones, some may be doing their makeup and others may simply be chatting with people in the car with them. Distracted driving is a problem for many drivers and has even been found to be a factor in truck accidents
It is quite possible that a trucker was distracted when he caused a fatal crash in Bradford that involved three other vehicles, according to The Gainesville Sun. The vehicles were stopped for construction when the trucker hit the last one, causing a chain reaction. One driver died and three other people were injured; two were reportedly in serious and critical condition.
Distraction and truck drivers
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation's 2008 crash data report, people who die in accidents with a tractor-trailer overwhelmingly are in passenger vehicles. The numbers, which date from 2006, show that there were over 23,000 large trucks involved in traffic accidents; it is unknown how many injuries
resulted from those collisions but 238 of those accidents were fatal.
With the emergence of cell phones that can send text messages, surf the web and perform other functions, distracted driving began attracting the notice of government agencies. In 2009, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study to examine the effects of distracted driving on commercial drivers and several recommendations were made. These recommendations include:
- Development of polices to address the use of in-vehicle devices by fleet safety managers.
- Texting should not be allowed by commercial drivers.
- Dispatching devices should be more user-friendly and reduce the need for drivers to take their eyes off of the road in front of them.
- Drivers should look at maps only when the vehicle is parked.
- Dialing on cell phones should be prohibited.
- Fleet managers should educate their drivers on the dangers of distracted driving.
In 2011, The U.S. Department of Transportation initiated a ban on using hand-held cell phones by interstate truck drivers and bus drivers. The ban was in addition to a 2010 announcement that truck drivers, bus drivers and hazardous materials drivers would no longer be able to text and drive.
Seeking compensation from distracted truckers
When a trucker takes their minds, eyes or hands off of the task at hand, they have the potential to cause significant damage to unsuspecting motorists. Injuries from trucking accidents can be severe, requiring months of rehabilitation. In addition, victims often face a mound of medical bills and lost wages. Seeking compensation with the help of an experienced attorney can help ease that burden.
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