I saw an interesting article on the Insurance Journal website about a symposium recently held by Travelers Insurance and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute regarding safety issues in the trucking industry. Among many other topics discussed, distracted driving by truck drivers was a key concern among the fleet managers and insurance industry attendees. New technology was highlighted that is designed to help protect against distracted truck driving, such as onboard safety monitoring devise and automatic braking crash avoidance systems. According to university research 78 percent of truck accidents involve a driver not looking forward at the onset of braking of vehicles in front of him. What drew my attention, as a Florida truck accident attorney, was a remark from a safety researcher that he was concerned that many truck drivers have a “motivation deficit” regarding distracted driving. Despite training and information campaigns, apparently many drivers still cannot find motivation to operate their trucks without distractions. This was actually driven home to us in one of our recent cases, when a truck driver using his cell phone crashed into our client’s parked car, causing her to require a cervical fusion surgery, and consequently, causing her to lose her job. When questioned in his deposition, the truck driver denied that having a cell phone in his hand while he tried to shift gears and turn the steering wheel of his truck all at the same time was unsafe. Unbelievable! What more motivation do these drivers need than the potential that their huge vehicles could seriously injure someone. If you have a question regarding an Orlando truck accident call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...Read More »
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