How can distractions on the road lead to a truck accident?

Mar 14, 2022 | Truck Accidents

The more you drive, the more you may notice some truckers around you being reckless and continually getting distracted.

Being aware of what factors can lead to this distraction is important for anyone on the road.

Communication with others

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, talking on a dispatch device is one way many truck drivers tend to distract themselves. Whether they have a question about navigation or even just an urge to check for new messages, no truck driver should use these devices while driving a truck.

Using cell phones or handheld devices to text or call someone is also too dangerous for anyone operating a large vehicle to do while driving.

Food and beverages

When time is running short, it can feel tempting to eat a whole meal while on the move. Opening bags and wrappers, as well as cracking open drink cans, often requires someone to take their hands off the wheel.

Even a few seconds of distraction from this action can leave a trucker at risk for sideswiping a smaller vehicle. Since it takes longer for trucks to come to a stop, it can be even more dangerous on busy roads or highways.

Drowsiness and lack of sleep

Long days and nights without proper sleep can leave a truck driver closing their eyes and drifting off while still operating a giant vehicle. Their hands may fall to their sides and even if they do keep their eyes open, their mind may be foggy and unfocused. Pulling off to the side of the road is one way to prevent this distraction from causing an accident.