In 2010, the federal government made it illegal for truckers to text while driving in an attempt to cut down on traffic accidents. Even so, sending text messages while behind the wheel is a temptation, even though it can be deadly, and is one of the ongoing causes of truck accidents today.
Risks of Texting and Driving
It’s easy to believe that glancing at a mobile device and firing off a quick text while driving is harmless, but research shows otherwise. According to a study conducted at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, truck drivers were 23 times more likely to be involved in a vehicular crash if texting than if they kept their eyes on the road. Multitasking while driving is always best avoided, but texting stands out as the activity that significantly increases the likelihood of a crash.
Texting and Driving Is Never Safe
Texting is often a quick and easy task. But even looking at a digital screen for a few seconds while driving creates a prolonged distraction — and a potentially dangerous situation. Sending a text while behind the wheel is deceptive. It may seem like a simple, everyday activity, but it can make drivers fail to see a changing traffic light or to notice that the flow of traffic ahead is slowing down. A driver who drifts even slightly into another traffic lane can cause a tragic situation. Yet many people, including experienced truck drivers, wrongly believe that it’s safe to text while speeding along a busy interstate simply because they text often and can type at a rapid pace.
Enforcing the no-texting rule for truckers and for other drivers (texting while driving is now banned in 47 states and the District of Columbia) isn’t easy, however. And it’s no surprise that crashes caused by texting and driving are on the rise and continue to be one of the leading causes of truck accidents. The solution: All drivers should resist the urge to text and simply wait until safely off the road before handling an electronic device. Highway rest areas are a good place for truckers and other drivers to pull off the interstate and send text messages. Another solution is to download an app that silences incoming texts, which can help drivers keep their attention off their phone and safely on the road.
Contact Our Law Firm
If you’ve been a victim of an accident caused by a professional truck driver who was texting while behind the wheel, you need the legal assistance and compensation that you deserve. At Johnson Garcia LLP, we’ve handled numerous vehicular accidents involving distracted truck drivers and can assist you in finding justice. With our expertise, we can help you win your case. Call us today at 832-241-5465 to discuss how our law firm can help.