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The dangers posed by distracted truck drivers

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Some people love driving and the freedom of the open road. If this sounds like you, chances are that despite your enjoyment, you probably still get nervous when driving around large trucks on the road.

This is natural. Driving around a vehicle so much larger than you reminds you that in an accident, you are likely to be the one who suffers a serious injury.

Additionally, truck drivers are sometimes driving while fatigued or stressed because they are trying to meet a deadline. The long hours on the road also result in distracted driving, which continues to be a problem in the trucking industry.

Statistics on distracted driving among truckers

According to statistics, distracted truck drivers are more likely to be involved in a “near collision” than other drivers. Additionally, drivers who are distracted by a phone are three times more likely to drive 10 or more hours over the speed limit.

Distracted truck drivers are also less likely to wear seatbelts. Essentially, distracted truck drivers put everyone else on the road in danger.

This data probably does not make you feel any better about sharing the Louisiana roads with truckers. However, there are tips you can follow to reduce your risk of an accident with a large truck.

Avoid driving around large trucks

It is generally best to avoid driving near large trucks as much as possible, even ones who appear to be driving safely. Even a truck driver who is not distracted is susceptible to an accident due to weather, road conditions or driving too close to other vehicles.

Do not engage with a trucker who appears to be distracted or aggressive. If they insist on driving near you, pull off the road to a safe location and let them go by.

If you believe they are a danger to others on the road, get their license plate information and the name of the trucking company and consider reporting them.

What to do after a truck accident

Despite your best efforts, you might find yourself the victim of a truck accident. You may be in shock immediately after the accident. Obtain medical care, even if you do not believe you are hurt and follow all medical advice.

Take pictures and videos of the accident scene if you are able and talk with any witnesses. Get their contact information and the contact information for the truck driver and trucking company.

Call the police and make a report. Obtain the names and badge numbers of all police who respond to the accident and ask for a copy of the accident report.

Holding a distracted truck driver accountable

After that, you may quickly realize the extent of your losses. Your medical bills may pile up, you might be forced to take time off work without pay and lose your ability to participate in enjoyable life activities.

Knowing a distracted truck driver is responsible for these losses can feel unfair and leave you feeling sad, angry and overwhelmed. There are legal options available to you in this situation.

Distracted driving is a form of negligence. Proving negligence in a personal injury action can result in compensation for these and other types of losses. A strong case for negligence can result in compensation that allows you to focus on healing and recovery.