The Dangers of Distracted Commercial Motor Vehicle Driving
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Distracted driving is a major problem on American roads. According to the
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction
behind the wheel accounted for nearly 3,500 deaths in 2015 alone. What’s
more experts indicate the problem is getting worse, with text messaging
and handheld cell phone use driving the number of roadway fatalities with
the greatest year-over-year spikes in years.
In light of these alarming statistics and a number of awareness campaigns
that implore motorists to stay off their phones while driving, most reasonable
Americans understand the grave risks associated with cell phone use at
the wheel. Still, as the data makes clear, drivers are continuing to place
their lives and the lives of others at risk by choosing distractions over
the primary task of driving.
While distracted driving is dangerous when committed by any motorist on
the road, it becomes even more concerning when that driver is behind the
wheel of a commercial motor vehicle, some of which can weigh up to 80,000
pounds. These commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers most often navigate
interstate highways, where there is a higher rate of speed. When you factor
in high speeds, heavy vehicles slow to stop or maneuver, and distraction,
you get a deadly combination.
When commercial motor vehicles cause crashes, there are often devastating
results and a greater likelihood that victims will suffer serious injuries
than had they been hit by passenger cars. In many cases, as a string of
recent crashes throughout Missouri have shown, these wrecks can be deadly.
Although Missouri may not ban text messaging and cell phone use for all
motorists on our roads, it does prohibit them for all commercial vehicle
drivers. Should a truck driver choose to use a cell phone or text behind
the wheel, they are violating the law and engaging in a negligent acts
that shows their sheer disregard for the safety of others. As such, those
drivers and / or the trucking companies that employ them can be held responsible
for any injuries and damages victims suffer as a result.
Our legal team at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC urges everyone to avoid
distractions and make the task of driving your primary task when operating
any type of vehicle. We also extend our support to victims and families
who want to learn more about their rights following
distracted driving accidents, includingtruck accidents involved a distracted commercial drivers, and what we can do to help.
To discuss a potential case,
contact us for a free consultation.