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What should I know about distracted driving truck accidents?

Distracted driving involves the diverted focus of a driver from the roadway and safe driving activities towards activities unrelated to driving. Distracted driving increases the risk of a car or truck accident occurring. Driver distraction includes anything that removes the driver's attention or eyes from the roadway and can include distractions inside the cab of a truck or outside of it. Focusing on the road is important for the safety of everyone sharing the roadways.

Distractions inside the cab of the truck can include using a cell phone, texting while driving, the use of dispatch devices, adjusting the radio, eating or drinking. Distractions outside of the cab include looking at billboards or other visual cues. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that it is estimated that 11,000 truck accidents involve driver distraction external to the cab of the truck.

In terms of the big picture of the dangers associated with distracted driving, a 2009 study revealed that 71 percent of truck accidents took place when the truck driving was engaged in some activity other than simply driving the truck. In addition, a 2006 study revealed that driver distraction was a leading cause of crashes and near crashes and that the majority of accidents involved driver distraction in the seconds leading up to the crash. Because of the serious danger posed by driver distraction, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned texting while driving for truck drivers in 2009.

Truck accidents can have devastating consequences for victims and their families whether caused by a distracted truck driver or other negligent truck driver. Because of that, it is important for victims to remember that personal injury legal options may be available to help them recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional consequences of a truck accident.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "CMV Driving Tips - Driver Distraction," Accessed Dec. 20, 2016

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