When a trucker takes to the road, it’s critical that they make all the right decisions in regard to safety. Due to the size of their vehicle, even a minor mistake can spiral out of control and result in serious injury or even death.
Distracted truckers are among the most dangerous people on the road. Not only are they not paying attention to the road, which increases the risk of an accident, but they’re also driving a large vehicle.
Common distractions include:
- Talking on a cellphone
- Texting or checking email on a smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Reading a map or GPS system
- Changing vehicle controls, such as the radio
- Daydreaming, such as thinking about what they’ll do when they reach their destination
Any trucker can fall prey to one or more of these distractions, and that’s particularly true when driving hour after hour. Over-the-road truckers, for instance, spend hours on end and hundreds of miles on the road. As the miles go by, they often begin to lose their concentration, and that’s when the risk of an accident is at its greatest.
When driving in close proximity to commercial trucks, keep your eyes open for any unusual behavior. This can include but is not limited to:
- Drifting out of their lane of travel, such as onto the shoulder of the road
- Braking for no particular reason
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Quickly speeding up for no apparent reason
If you spot a trucker who appears distracted, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Either pass them or sit back far enough to prevent trouble. The closer you are to the truck, the greater chance there is of an accident.
If you’re injured in an accident caused by a distracted trucker, move to the shoulder of the road (if possible), check yourself and passengers for injuries and then call for help.
Upon receiving medical treatment, you may find that you’ve suffered serious injuries, such as broken bones and a concussion.
As your health allows you to do so, review the police report and your insurance policy so you can prepare to file a claim and seek the compensation you deserve.