Deadly Distractions: Everyone is in Danger if the Distracted Driver is Driving a Big Rig.
Truck drivers who take their eyes off the road, even for a minute, can cause deadly Kansas City big rig accidents. A fully loaded truck requires more than five times the stopping distance of a passenger car. A few seconds of driver distraction can make a life-or-death difference while driving.
A 2009 study of distracted driving conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that tractor-trailer drivers are almost six times more likely to be involved in a serious truck accident if they are dialing a cell phone; they are almost seven times more likely to cause a semi-truck wreck if they are reaching for a phone; and, are 23 times more likely to cause a serious tractor-trailer crash if they are text messaging.
VTTI’s research showed that drivers who were text messaging had their eyes off the road for periods of averaging 4.6 seconds over a 6 second interval. When translated into distance, this equates to a driver traveling the length of a football field at 55 mph without looking at the roadway. How can this be safe?
Cell phones and texting devices are not the only distractions. A driver distraction is defined as any activity that diverts a truck driver's attention from the driving task. This includes activities such as smoking and eating. In fact, one study suggested that eating is even more distracting than using a cell phone.
If you have or a loved one has been injured in a Kansas City commercial truck accident caused by a distracted truck driver, you are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call us directly at 1-888-348-2616 to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City truck accident lawyer.
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