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Distracted truckers pose a danger

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2020 | Blog, Car Accidents |

One of the greatest dangers that you will face on the road in Kentucky comes from large trucks. These vehicles naturally pose a risk to other drivers due to their large size. However, this risk is compounded by the fact that some truck drivers are not fully engaged when they are behind the wheel. Truck drivers must take steps ahead of time to increase their focus by dealing with things that could otherwise distract them before they pull out on the roads.

For example, many drivers eat when they are driving. Due to their time pressures, this is sometimes unavoidable. However, they can ready themselves for their meal before they start the truck by unwrapping their food and putting their straw into the cup while still parked. They can set up any items that they might need while driving close to their person and in an organized manner. Further, they should have electronics on hand such as a Bluetooth headset to keep them from having to take their hands off the steering wheel to answer their phone.

When it comes to truckers, safety starts at the top. Their company will set the tone for the organization. When the company expects drivers to call them from the road, it undermines any type of safety message that it disseminates. Companies must have rules for drivers, even if it means micromanaging them behind the wheel.

When a truck driver causes an accident because they were distracted, chances are that they were negligent. Thus, they might be considered legally responsible for any injuries that they caused you. If you have been hurt in an accident with a truck, you may want to consult a personal injury attorney to begin the process of seeking financial compensation. Many truck accident cases settle instead of going to trial, so having legal representation to negotiate the settlement is important.