Distracted Driving Truck Accidents
Sharing the road with a massive commercial truck can be intimidating to even the most experienced driver in a passenger vehicle, but we can rest assured that commercial truckers are held to higher licensing and regulatory standards than those of us who operate non-commercial vehicles. That said, truckers are human and are capable of engaging in the same dangerous behaviors as everyone else, including driving a semi-truck or 18-wheeler while distracted.
When we think of the term “distracted driving,” we often think immediately of someone using their smartphone behind the wheel. While, yes, this is an alarmingly common example of distracted driving, there are many other ways that someone can distract themselves from their task of safely operating a vehicle. Some examples are described below.
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Our law firm offers a free consultation to victims of a range of personal injuries, included truck accidents caused by distracted driving. Suppose you are planning to file an insurance claim against the trucker’s commercial insurance policy. In that case, we encourage you to reach out to us first to get a better sense of what you can expect throughout this process and how we can help you get the money you rightfully deserve.
Working directly with an insurance company leaves a victim vulnerable to the many tactics an insurer uses to reach a cheap settlement as quickly as possible. Insurers and the adjusters working on individual cases have long-proven playbooks designed to achieve their cost-saving goals by leveraging a claimant’s inexperience and the likelihood that they are overwhelmed with their situation. When you have a truck attorney fighting to get you the money you deserve, you will not need to direct your energy towards the claim — you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track without the added stress.
Examples of Distracted Driving
The following are just a few of the many ways that someone can get distracted while operating a motor vehicle, whether a passenger vehicle, motorcycle, bus, or 18-wheeler. Whether or not you see the type of distraction that the trucker was engaged in during your accident, contact us as soon as possible to go over the specifics of your situation and give you a better sense of your options.
Remember: distracted driving is “any activity that diverts attention from driving,” according to the NHTSA, and it killed 3,142 people in 2019.
Using a Phone
Using a phone, whether for a phone call or anything else, takes a driver’s eyes from the road and their mind from their task, as well as taking a hand off the wheel.
Talking to Passengers
The car can be one of the best places to have long and winding conversations with a passenger, but even something so ordinary can be distracting.
Eating while driving is an everyday activity — especially for someone who spends 40+ hours each week on the road. That said, it increases the risk of an accident significantly and should be avoided.
Playing With the Radio or GPS
Onboard GPS units are becoming more common each year, but a dashboard radio has been a standard feature in vehicles for decades. Unfortunately, even shuffling through radio stations is a distraction that can increase the risk of an accident.
Reaching Into the Back Seat
Reaching around the back of the driver’s seat takes your hands off the wheel and shifts your body in a way that makes braking and accelerating much more difficult, as well as reduces your ability to steer effectively. Wait until you have come to a stop and can put your vehicle in park before getting anything from behind your seat or on the floor next to you.
When your mind wanders, you are no longer paying attention to your task at hand: operating your vehicle safely to avoid an accident as best as possible. Of course, it can be challenging to prove that daydreaming played a role in your accident, but it is a very real example of distracted driving regardless.