January 03, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Truck drivers play an integral part in society. They bring goods into Austin from other places, enabling people to purchase just about anything. This is especially true during the holidays and there are usually more tractor-trailers on the road, increasing the possibility of a truck accident
Distraction cause of truck accidents
Multiple charges have been filed against a truck driver in Arizona after he caused a fatal truck accident, according to The Huffington Post. Allegedly, the man was looking at internet sources on his cellphone and failed to see a police cruiser in front of his semi. The man did not appear to hit his brakes before the impact and it is estimated that he was driving at about 65 miles per hour when the collision occurred. A police officer died at the scene.
In Maryland, another truck driver was allegedly distracted when he hit two cars, forcing one of them off of a bridge into the bay. According to The Baltimore Sun, the driver of that vehicle was able to free herself from the car and swim to some rocks nearby until help arrived. She and the two passengers in the other car suffered minor injuries. The trucker hit their vehicles while going somewhere in the range of 47 to 51 miles per hour.
Distraction a growing issue
In 2009, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report based on a comprehensive study conducted on distraction
among commercial drivers. The report analyzed studies' data to present a more complete picture of the risks that distractive behavior poses to drivers. The findings of that study include:
- Texting should be discouraged.
- Panel instruments should be redesigned to decrease the amount of time that drivers take their eyes off of the road in front of them.
- Trucking companies should enact policies that specifically address the problems of distracted driving.
- Fleet managers should seek to educate drivers about the dangers associated with distractions.
- Maps should not be used in any way by a driver when the engine is turned on.
- Dialing on cellphones should be prohibited, but not talking on them.
Distraction.gov reports that in 2010, the FMCSA issued a ban on texting and driving for all drivers of commercial buses and trucks. Following that ban in 2011 was an additional prohibition against hand-held cellphones. The FMCSA also actively seeks to educate drivers on the risks associated with distraction and encouraging them from eating, drinking, smoking and other behaviors that can take their attention from the road around them.
The injuries received in a trucking accident can be debilitating on a victim. Head injuries can cause problems for years after the collision and permanent disability can leave people unable to care for themselves or their loved ones. In such cases, it is important to discuss available options with an experienced attorney.
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