Truckers must be able to give their full attention to operating their rigs. When they don’t, the people around them can suffer catastrophic injuries that can have long-lasting consequences. The need for safety has prompted the federal government to enact laws that limit what these truckers can do.
There are a lot of distractions out there truckers have to face — but it’s their job to minimize the problem as much as they can. For example, looking at billboards and grabbing a bite to eat can cause a driver to shift some of their attention from the road to those tasks. Even checking their GPS to find out where they’re going can be distracting.
One huge distraction for these truckers is cell phone usage. It doesn’t matter what activities the trucker is doing. Texting makes the driver 23 times more likely to get into an event classified as safety-critical than a trucker who isn’t using a mobile phone. Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of a safety-critical event six times higher than normal.
No trucker should use a handheld cell phone while they are operating the truck because this takes their hands off the steering wheel. Additionally, they can face fines, being put out of service, and even be disqualified if they are caught using a handheld phone.
People who are struck by a distracted trucker may suffer grave injuries due to the nature of these wrecks. They may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they face. This includes things like wages that couldn’t be earned because they had to take time off and the costs of medical care they need for their injuries.