Driver distraction and fatigue major causes of truck accidents
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 24, 2014 in Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are an unfortunate side effect of the reliance upon the vehicles to ship goods around the nation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a crash it is possible that serious injuries could be the end result. Since these vehicles are not likely to go away anytime soon, it is important for everyone to do what they can to prevent collisions from occurring.
There are multiple things truck drivers can do to try to avoid being involved in a crash. The first is focusing on the road and not other things going on in the cab or around them. Phones are possibly the biggest problem where distracted driving is concerned. As smart phones have become more popular talking on them is not the only potential issue. Surfing the internet and texting are also now activities that can pull a driver’s attention from the road. Some trucking companies use special mobile communication systems to let drivers know that they need to call in when they are not driving.
Another issue is drivers who are too sleepy to safely operate a truck. To try to keep exhausted drivers off the road, the Department of Transportation has limits on how many hours a driver can work before he or she has to take a break. Violations of those limits can result in penalties.
Truck accidents are an issue throughout the nation including the state of Connecticut. Each year, throughout the United States, 5,000 individuals die each year. Individuals who are involved in a truck accident should be aware that they may be able to recover damages from the trucking company that employs the driver whose negligence caused the crash.
Source: KHAS-TV, “Preventing Semi Truck Collisions", Kelly Baumgarten, Sept. 4, 2014