In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has reported that truckers who text while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who refrain from distracted driving. Semi-trucks – with thousands of pounds in tow – can cause devastation and destruction when they’re involved an accident.
Even though the FMCSA outlawed the use of handheld electronic devices for truck drivers while in transit, many truck drivers don’t abide by the law and cause hundreds of accidents per year. Not only can accidents cause fatalities, but also hefty fines for drivers. Drivers face up to a $2,750 fine for each offense, and states will suspend a driver’s CDL after two or more serious traffic violations.
Here are some statistics about talking/texting and driving:
- Truck drivers are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident while texting or using a cell phone.
- Commercial truck drivers reaching for an object are 3 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
- Dialing a hand-held device increases the probability of being involved in a truck accident by 600%.
- A texting truck driver takes his eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that driver travels the length of a football field while checking his text.
Your text or phone call is not worth the risk of someone else’s or your own life. Hang it up.