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How truck accident risks rise with various distractions

Distractions are a huge issue for truck drivers. They’re often trying to multitask and get work done on the road, and it can put other drivers in danger — especially since truckers are driving 80,000-ton vehicles.

If you’re wondering just how much more dangerous the road gets based on various distractions, some of which have been banned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), here are a few examples:

— Drivers who are just talking on hands-free devices are the safest, but they’re still 0.4 times as likely to be involved in an accident. If they’re talking on a CB radio, that jumps to 0.6.

— Drivers who are reaching for something in the truck — like a wallet that fell on the floor — are 3.1 times as likely to crash as those who are looking at the road.

— Getting lost also increases the danger, and drivers who are looking at maps instead of the road are seven times as likely to crash.

— The reason the FMCSA pushes hands-free devices is that those who are dialing are 5.9 times as likely to crash. If the driver can use the device and look at the road, it’s far safer.

— If a driver is writing something down while driving, he or she is nine times as likely to be involved in an accident.

— By far, texting is the most dangerous. Drivers who do it behind the wheel are a full 23.2 times as likely to be involved in an accident.

While not all distractions are the same, they’re all dangerous. Those who are hit by distracted truck drivers need to know their rights to financial compensation.

Source: Trucking Truth, “Distracted Driving For Truck Drivers: The Penalties And Risks,” Brett Aquila, accessed May 05, 2017

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