August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When a person in Baltimore is involved in a collision with a tractor trailer, they are already at a disadvantage. The tractor trailer is often well over three times the size of the vehicle that the person is in and, as a result, it has the power to deliver a brutal blow when a truck accident takes place
. When a truck driver is distracted from the task of handling the big rig, the damages can be even greater.
According to the Baltimore Sun a woman was flown to a hospital after her car fell off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge when a tractor trailer hit it. While the accident is still being investigated, it is quite possible that the trucker was distracted by something. The details of how the accident happened are unknown.
Distraction and truckers
A 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Transportation addresses the issue of distracted driving and commercial vehicles, including truck drivers. The report is based on a study conducted which examined data collected during two separate studies. The data was analyzed with the purpose of looking at behaviors of truck drivers in relation to crashes and near-misses.
The report's findings showed that distraction was a problem for commercial drivers, as it is for passenger vehicle drivers. The recommendations made in the study called for better education on the dangers of distracted driving, elimination of in-vehicle devices that encouraged drivers to take their attention off of the road, and stronger policies on the part of fleet managers.
Eliminating sources of distraction
The Department of Transportation has taken steps to eliminate distraction for truckers by banning texting and driving for interstate commercial drivers and promoting education on the risks created by distracted behavior. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration warns drivers against distractions inside and outside the vehicle which can interfere with their concentration. These distractions include:
Watching a person outside the vehicle
Looking at or reading a map
Focusing on a building
Staring at another vehicle
Playing with in-vehicle devices such as radios
Another distraction that truckers may not think about is eating and drinking. Interstate truckers are often on tight schedules and sometimes it is tempting for them to grab a quick meal and get back on the road. However this can be dangerous, as evidenced earlier this year when a trucker choked on food and caused a multiple vehicle accident, killing two people according to KCRA.
Legal recourse for victims
When people are injured in a truck accident, there is a legal recourse that they can take. They can ask a judge or jury to award them appropriate financial compensation for their pain and damages. Because of the complexity that these types of cases can involve, it is a good idea for a victim to seek legal counsel.