While you may believe that it’s possible to safely multitask while behind the wheel, this is simply not true. Any action that takes your focus off of the road increases your risk of being involved in an accident. However, commercial fleet managers in Oklahoma and elsewhere are making use of modern technology to help drivers avoid distractions while operating their trucks.
Distracted driving can be a deadly problem
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to 28,000 people died in distracted driving accidents between 2012 and 2018. Furthermore, NHTSA data revealed that distracted drivers caused 8% of all fatal accidents and 14% of all crashes that were reported to police in 2018. However, it is believed that the percentage of accidents caused by distracted drivers is underreported based on how some departments compile crash data.
The tools being used to combat distracted driving
Commercial fleet managers use cameras to keep track of what their employees do while on the road. If they notice instances of distracted driving, they can bring that to a driver’s attention and work on ways to correct the problem. Those who refuse to change their ways may be subject to additional training, suspensions or termination. There are also a variety of tablet games and other online resources that employers can use to teach their drivers about the dangers of attempting to multitask while operating their vehicles.
It is possible to experience significant injuries and property loss after being involved in a truck accident. A personal injury attorney may help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages incurred because of another driver’s negligent behavior. Legal counsel might use videos, photos and a police report to show that a driver was acting carelessly when a wreck occurred.