What Kinds Of Driver Distractions Can Cause Clearwater Truck Accidents?

Like all drivers, truckers are vulnerable to distracted driving. In recent years, distracted driving has become recognized as a significant public health issue, not least of all due to the tremendous popularity of Internet-enabled electronic devices such as smartphones or tablets. Illustrative of the risk that distracted driving poses to motorists, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates1 that approximately 424,000 people were hurt in accidents involved distracted drivers in 2013 alone.

Thankfully for people who are hurt in accidents involving distracted truck drivers, Florida law2 generally entitles people who are hurt by the negligence of others to recover for their injuries. As distracted driving is negligent driving in nearly every conceivable circumstance, victims of these kinds of accidents will often be able to obtain significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 451-691-8602.

Types of truck driver distractions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention3 (CDC), there are three main types of distractions that can affect drivers:

  • Cognitive distractions – These kinds of distractions involve anything that takes a driver’s mind off of driving.
  • Manual distractions – Manual distractions are anything that requires a driver to remove his or her hands from the wheel.
  • Visual distractions – Visual distractions involve a driver looking at anything other than the road ahead.

Some driver distractions combine two or even all three of these kinds of distractions. For example, texting requires a driver to think about the conversation in which he or she is engaged, use his or her hands to manipulate their phone, and look at the phone while reading or composing a text message. For this reason, texting is a particularly dangerous form of driver distraction, leading many states to ban texting and driving for all drivers. Importantly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSR) has banned the use of handheld phones and texting4 for all commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Examples of truck driver distractions

While texting and the use of personal electronic devices are certainly a significant issue when it comes to distracted driving, driver distractions can also be much more low tech. Some of the more common examples of distracted driving include the following:

·       Grooming

·       Eating

·       Applying makeup

·       Searching for items within the vehicle

·       Reading

·       Manipulating the radio

·       Using a GPS device

·       Reading a map

·       Looking at scenery

·       Talking on the phone

While some of these distractions may seem relatively insignificant, even a short period of distraction at highway speeds can result in a truck traveling a significant distance without the driver being fully aware of his or her surroundings. As a result, distracted driving significantly raises a person’s risk of being involved in a serious truck accident.

Victims of distracted driving accidents can often recover significant compensation

People who are injured by distracted drivers can often obtain significant compensation for their losses. Some of the kinds of economic and noneconomic losses that are often recoverable include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Lost income
  • Loss of quality of life

In serious truck accident cases, victims may be able to recover compensation well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. An experienced lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you as to what your case may be worth.

Call the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Clearwater truck accident attorney

Truck accidents that are caused by distracted truck drivers are often leave victims with significant injuries that result in substantial economic and noneconomic losses.  For this reason, individuals that have been hurt in accidents that they believe may have been caused by a distracted driver should contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Dolman Law Group, we are committed to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others obtain justice through the civil court system. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and work tirelessly to secure the best possible result in each case we take. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Clearwater truck accident lawyers, call our office today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756



1 http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html
2 http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/
3 http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/
4 https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/distracted-driving