Accidents caused by distracted truck drivers have the potential to result in significantly more human suffering and property loss than accidents involving two passenger vehicles. These accidents put other drivers at greater risk than the truck drivers. We know that when any driver takes their eyes off the road to send a text, it is the same as driving the length of a football field blindfolded. When the vehicle in question is an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer, the possible damage is horrific.
Some Truckers Drive While Distracted
It would be easy to believe that commercial drivers are perfect drivers at all times. Most truck drivers are exceptionally careful drivers and do not drive distracted. Truck drivers are human, like the rest of us. These truckers drive many miles for many hours every day. Despite being careful and safe drivers, they can also become tired, hungry, or bored. Sometimes, the distractions that seem brief or innocuous contribute to an accident. Perhaps the trucker must meet a schedule and they do not want to leave the road and stop. On the other hand, they might just make a mistake. In fact, driver error has been the cause of an increasing number of truck accidents resulting in crash fatalities. In 2018, alone, accidents with fatalities that involve large commercial trucks rose by three percent.