Media reports, increased government regulations, and independent initiatives have made the risks of texting and driving public knowledge. Statistics don’t lie; in 2012, 3,328 people lost their lives and approximately 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Texting while driving is indisputably dangerous and potentially deadly..
The Dangers of Truck Drivers Who Text While Driving
Each state imposes its own rules for using handheld devices while driving, and many states ban texting while driving. In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes federal rules for trucking companies around the nation. The FMCSA strictly prohibits all commercial truck drivers from texting while driving.
The rules are so stringent because the risks of texting and driving are so massive. A semi-truck can weight roughly 40 tons. When the driver is distracted by texting and crashes into another vehicle, those 40 tons instantaneously become a deadly force.
A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study discovered that truck drivers who text while driving are 23 more times to be involved in a crash than an undistracted driver. Interestingly, the study also revealed that “the likelihood of a crash due to cell-phone use disproportionately affected truckers in comparison with car drivers,” a CNN report summarized.
Specifically, the study found the following risks of texting and driving when comparing truck drivers to car drivers.
- Truck drivers are 5.9 times more likely to be involved in accident when dialing on a phone versus 2.8 times for car drivers.
- Truck drivers are 6.7 times more likely to be involved in an accident when they reach for an electronic device versus 1.4 times for car drivers.
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If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident in Clarksburg, call our injury attorneys at the Miley Legal Group for a free consultation. Contact us today at (304) 931-4088 and let us determine how we may be of service to you.