Drivers in Ohio frequently hear public safety announcements and reminders about the dangers of distracted driving. Despite the information campaigns, however, distraction continues to pose a danger on the road. In fact, one survey found that 88 percent of American drivers identified distracted driving as the most serious threat to roadway safety. When truck drivers fall victim to distraction, the results can be particularly catastrophic. Trucking accidents can be devastating to other cars and people involved in a collision; passenger vehicles and pedestrians face a much greater risk of fatalities when a large truck is involved.
Despite the fact that almost everyone knows that distracted driving leads to serious motor vehicle accidents, Americans continue to text, surf and talk behind the wheel. Smartphones are everywhere, and many people have a greater faith in their own driving ability than is warranted. This may be especially likely when truck drivers with long records are involved. They may believe that they are exceptions to the rule who can still drive safely while distracted by their phones. However, when drivers understand why there are no exceptions, they may be less likely to drive while distracted.
Distraction is usually classed into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. It’s obvious that visual and manual distraction can be dangerous for drivers who take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. Even purely cognitive distraction can slow reaction times in case of an emergency, however. Some activities, like texting, combine all three types of distraction for a particularly dangerous result.
A truck accident can take lives or lead to serious injuries and lifelong disabilities. People who have been injured in a crash due to someone else’s dangerous or negligent driving might reach out to a personal injury lawyer. An attorney may be able to help accident victims seek compensation for their damages.