Truck Drivers Are 23 Times More Likely to Cause an Accident if Texting & Driving
We have all heard that distracted driving can play a significant role in fatal accidents. Truck drivers are 23 times more likely to cause an accident by texting and driving.
Distracted Driving Truck Crashes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial trucking accidents are often the cause of truck drivers that become distracted when behind the wheel. The blame for a rise in trucking accidents, according to reports, shows that truck driver errors are often the result of deadly crashes. The National Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that deadly accidents that involve commercial trucks have been on a rise of 3% since 2018.
The FMCSA in 2010 issued a regulation that bans texting while operating a commercial truck or bus. In 2011 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all commercial truck drivers be prohibited from using hand-held and hands-free mobile devices while operating a commercial truck. That ban went into effect in 2012 but the use of cell phones by truck drivers has continued to be a constant problem.
It is not out of the norm for truck drivers to spend long hours on the road. When you add in distractions like texting or talking on a cell phone, watching videos, eating meals, etc. to provide relief from boredom and fatigue that is often the cause of serious accidents.
These distracted behaviors also contribute too many crashes with other vehicles on the road. If you are a victim of an accident that is caused by a distracted commercial truck driver you may have suffered serious injuries and you need to think about getting in touch with an experienced Syracuse personal injury attorney. It is imperative that you get the representation you need to help you get your medical bills paid and to compensate you for life-long injuries you may have suffered. Your injuries are serious and you need to have experienced attorneys on your side that understands in the impact this crash will have on you and your family for the rest of your life and is willing to fight on your behalf.
Truck accidents when they happen can present a much greater risk to others on the road than to themselves. In accident statistics by the Department of Transportation in 2017 found that occupants in passenger cars suffered over four times as many injuries and seven times more deaths as those occupants in large commercial trucks in an accident.
When collisions with a large commercial truck that weighs 10,000 pounds often can result in severe injures or death. Accidents between commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles often result in crushed bones, amputated limbs, punctured spinal cords, head trauma, and traumatic brain injuries. The victims that survive a horrific crash will have life-altering injuries.
The New York State Department of Transportation reports the most recent data for truck accidents in Upstate New York. The report shows more than 11,000 trucking accidents for that year, accounting for 96 fatalities and 1,818 severe injuries, of which 352 were classified as incapacitating injuries.
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You are neither powerless or on your own after you have been in a collision with a trucking company. The McMahon Kublick Lawyers can guide you through the legal process to make sure that truckers and the trucking companies that own and operate large commercial vehicles in New York State as well as their insurance companies are properly held responsible through your truck accident crash claim.
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