According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day, 9 people die and over 1,000 more are injured due to distracted driving. Distracted driving is known to increase a driver’s risk of getting into an accident. Despite these known risks, 69% of drivers admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving and another 31% of drivers admitted to texting and sending e-mail messages while driving.
Truck drivers’ behavior behind the wheel has a huge impact on road safety in Arizona. Truck accidents in Arizona can result in more serious injuries because of the sheer size of the vehicle involved. Truck accident personal injury lawyers like Paul Rudolph with Rudolph & Hammond often closely examine not only truck drivers but their management, because in many cases, accidents result not only from driver negligence, but from systemic corporate failures that too often place safety second and the bottom line first.
A study published in the Journal of Accident Analysis and Prevention took a close look at what factors contributed to the likelihood that truck drivers would refrain from engaging in distracted driving behaviors. Truck drivers were surveyed to better understand what workplace dynamics affected their decision-making when it came to distracted driving.
The survey found that truck drivers’ supervisors and managers had a huge impact on how truck drivers perceived distracted driving behaviors while working. Truck company and operator policies regarding distracted driving had an effect on drivers’ decisions whether to text and drive or use a cell phone. Company norms about texting and perceived risk also played a role in truck drivers’ decision-making processes.
The study shows that truck drivers are only part of a larger picture of stakeholders who can work together to keep innocent drivers in Arizona safer from truck driving accidents. Corporate policies about distracted driving that involve a clear evaluation of the risk and consequences of the behavior can be a strong deterrent against distracted driving.
Truck accidents occur for many reasons. Personal injury lawyers evaluate many factors when assessing negligence. Truck drivers are required to abide by strict hours of service laws. Truck and shipping companies must adhere to weight limits and must maintain equipment properly. Unfortunately, these laws are not always obeyed by truck drivers and companies. Delivery deadlines place immense pressure on drivers to get goods to their destinations on time. This may eat into a drivers’ time to call family back at home. Drivers may be tempted to multitask while behind the wheel, using their phones to stay in touch while they are on the job. Sadly, this decision can have serious consequences for drivers on the road.
Every year in Arizona, hundreds are killed and thousands are injured in car accidents. Truck accidents accounted for 11,866 accidents in Arizona in 2014, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. When one considers the number of trucks on the road, these numbers account for about 10% of all the accidents that took place in 2014.
Truck drivers are not alone in playing a role in everyone’s safety. Truck companies and logistics companies also have a responsibility to set responsible corporate police and to encourage safety. Truck accident lawyers see too many cases each year of accidents that could have been easily prevented had drivers focused on the task at hand. Visit www.rudolphhammond.com to speak with an attorney today.