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Distractions make truckers more dangerous

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2020 | Blog, Personal Injury

Pennsylvania has numerous interstates that carry large amounts of truck traffic. This creates a dangerous situation which is made even worse by the fact that some truck drivers are distracted behind the wheel. Even if they are not on their mobile device while driving, there are other things that can take their attention off the road.

Truck drivers can address many of these ahead of time before they pull out on the highways. For example, if they are eating while driving to save time, they may unwrap their sandwich or set up their meal beforehand in a way that would minimize the distraction while operating their truck. In general, truck drivers should take the time to figure out whatever they may do while driving and try to set it up as best as they can before they drive. At the same time, they should also invest in technology such as Bluetooth which will keep them from having to use their hands to answer their phone.

Companies should also note that they set the tone for safety in their organization. For example, if they expect their driver to answer a dispatch call while driving, it contradicts everything that drivers are told about safety. They should have detailed policies for truck drivers to follow that maximize their attentiveness behind the wheel.

If a truck driver causes an accident because they had their eyes or hands averted, they may be legally responsible for any injuries that they cause. Those who have been injured in a truck accident should contact a personal injury attorney to begin the process of seeking compensation for their injuries. They could be eligible for an insurance settlement. If the case cannot be settled, the attorney may take the case to court to get the highest possible damages award for their client.