More than 130,000 people are injured in truck collisions each year in the United States. The majority of these truck accidents result in injuries to the motorists the trucks collided into. The massive size and heavy weights of trucks often lead to serious damage and death when they are involved in accidents. The victims in truck accidents are generally the drivers and passengers of other vehicles involved in the accident.
Statistics show that distracted truck drivers cause the majority of truck accidents. Distracted trucking is very dangerous and the results are often deadly.
What Is Distracted Trucking?
Distracted trucking involves a truck driver engaging in another activity while driving, such as talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating or texting. Any activity that takes the truck driver’s eyes off the road can result in him or her losing control of the massive vehicle. In areas where there is heavy traffic, even the slightest distraction can result in the most devastating accident.
Common Causes of Distracted Trucking
There are many causes of accidents caused by distracted truckers behind the wheel. Some common causes of distracted trucking include:
- Using a cell phone while driving
- Texting while driving
- Talking to passengers
- Eating and drinking
- Dropping something and bending down to pick it up
- Adjusting the radio or stereo system
- Talking with a crew member
- Handling GPS devices
- Daydreaming or being lost in one’s thoughts
Regardless of what caused your truck accident, you need to immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney to help you obtain the full compensation that you deserve for your serious injuries and other costs related to the accident.
Disturbing Statistics Resulting From Distracted Trucking
Truck accidents result in serious injuries that require extensive medical care and attention each year in the U.S. Below are some alarming facts from distraction.gov:
26% of all motorists in their 20s involved in a fatal accident were reportedly distracted at the time of the collision. 37% of these drivers were on their cellphones at the time of the crash.
The amount of drivers visibly texting or using some other type of handheld device increased from 17% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014.
The number of people killed and injured in the United States in 2014 (the last year for which complete data is available) was 3,179 and 431,000 respectively. Most of these fatalities and injuries happened as a result of truck accidents.
Call a Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney Today!
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a truck, our experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.