Truck drivers commonly get bored when they're on the long haul, and what does that mean? It means they turn to their smartphones and other distractions in the cabin and get distracted. It doesn't take a legal degree to know that you can't keep your eyes on the road when you're checking your Facebook status. In fact, a distracted truck driver is literally a deadly accident waiting to happen. But just how risky is this behavior?
Here are a few of the most startling data points related to distracted truck drivers:
- A distracted driver has a 36 percent higher chance of being involved in a close-call or "near-collision" event.
- A distracted driver has an 84 percent higher chance of rolling through a red light or stop sign. Drivers who are using mobile devices have a two-and-a-half times higher chance of not stopping at a red light or stop sign.
- Distracted drivers are 87 percent more likely to speed at 10 mph or higher over the speed limit. Those using cellphones have triple the likelihood of exceeding the speed limit.
- Distracted drivers have double the chance of drifting outside of their traffic lane. Drivers using cellphones have 2.3 times the chance of drifting out of their lanes.
- Drivers who are distracted are 4.1 times more likely not to use a seatbelt.
According to the company that gathered these statistics, the information they've gathered shows definitively that mobile devices are the most common cause of distracted driving among truckers. If you or a loved one was hurt by a distracted trucker, you may want to investigate your legal rights and options regarding the pursuit of financial compensation.
Source: TruckingInfo.com, "SmartDrive Spells Out High Costs of Distracted Driving," accessed Dec. 22, 2017