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Today's biggest truck driver distractions

Distractions in and around the vehicle are distracting for virtually all motorists, but when you add a massive, multi-ton truck to the equation, they can prove even more deadly. While it is unrealistic to simply avoid large trucks, given how common they are across American roadways, understanding what is distracting today's commercial truckers is the first step in combatting the problem.

When you share the road with a large truck, know that the driver may face distractions that include:

Texting

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, texting behind the wheel enhances your chances of having a safety-critical event occur 23 times over. Texting is illegal nationwide for commercial truckers, but as you may know, not everyone adheres to such laws.

Using a dispatching service

Commercial truckers often rely on dispatching services for directions and updates about road conditions, among other reasons, but if they use dispatching services while driving their trucks, they endanger you and everyone else on the roadway. So much so, in fact, that the use of a dispatch service enhances the chances a trucker will have a safety-critical accident nine times over.

Eating and drinking at the vehicle controls

Today’s semi-truck drivers are often under pressure to meet tight deadlines and cover many miles at a time, and this can lead many drivers to forgo taking meal breaks in favor of eating behind the wheel. However, according to one study, eating or drinking while you drive is even riskier than talking on a phone behind the wheel.  

Rubber-necking

Just as you may strain your neck to see an accident, a roadside attraction or even wildlife out the window, truck drivers, too, face such distractions. Though signage and billboards, for example, command your attention, looking at them for too long considerably increases your risk of a crash, just as it does for semi-truck drivers.

If you suffered an injury in an accident you believe was the result of a distracted truck driver, you may find it useful to contact an attorney. 

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