There are myriad reasons a truck driver may need to use his cell phone: instructions from dispatch, information from the delivery site, even keeping in touch with family and friends. Like the rest of us, truck drivers rely on cell phones to handle things both large and small, but the use of cell phones while driving has been conclusively linked to accidents, and accidents caused by truck drivers cause substantially more damage than those caused by passenger vehicles.
Driving While Distracted
Distracted driers account for a shockingly large number of accidents each year. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, common distractions cause up to 80% of all accidents. Additionally, studies show that cell phone use:
- Reduces by 37% the amount of brain activity associated with driving
- Delay a driver’s reaction in the exact same manner as a blood alcohol level of .08
- Reaction time is not improved by the use of hands-free devices
The increased risk of personal injury in an accident involving trucks makes even an occasional call not worth the risk.
Signs of Distracted Driving
Distracted drivers are a danger to everyone on the road, and injuries caused by distracted truck drivers are often fatal. To avoid a distracted truck driver look for these signs:
- Erratic lane changes
- Fluctuating speed
- Improper signaling
Avoiding an accident by driving defensively is desirable, but when accidents do happen, having the truck accident attorneys at Long & Long on your side can help ensure you are compensated fully for the damages done.
If you live in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, or Baldwin County, Alabama, and have been involved in an accident caused by a distracted truck driver, please contact the experienced truck accident attorneys at Long & Long for a free consultation, and to find out how we can help you secure the compensation you deserve.