Across the United States, we’ve seen the devastation just one act of distracted driving can cause in a variety of scenarios, ranging from putting makeup on in the car, to eating while driving, to, of course, the prevalent act of texting and driving. While these are frightening behaviors drivers know should be stopped immediately, would you believe the situation could actually get worse? For one Pennsylvania couple, it certainly did.
In a recent story, it was revealed that a truck driver was watching a football game on a mobile device while he was operating his commercial vehicle, and struck a motorcyclist while doing so. The motorcycle rider, as well as the passenger riding with him, died at the scene. According to police records, the truck driver confessed to distracted driving and pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, resulting in a 23-month prison sentence.
Truckers and Distracted Driving
While most people understand the horrific consequences of distracted driving, many might not consider the aspects of truck driving that make the roads dangerous for everyone, even before distracted driving is involved. For example, truck drivers tend to work long hours, driving day in and day out, oftentimes with little to no sleep. This can cause them to get bored or drowsy while operating their vehicles. Drowsy drivers can be compared to drunk drivers, in that their focus is not as sharp, their reaction time is often delayed, and falling asleep at the wheel puts truckers and other drivers on the road in harm’s way. Now, add distracted driving to the mix and the outcome can be even more deadly.
Common Injuries Caused by Distracted Truck Drivers
Unfortunately, distracted truck drivers are not an uncommon as we would hope. There have been numerous accidents caused by distracted truck drivers, which have caused a variety of serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and/or neck injuries
- Spinal injuries, which can lead to partial or complete paralysis
- Internal organ damage
Distracted Driving Accident Help
It appears that despite increased public awareness, distracted driving has only gotten worse. We’ve seen countless accidents that have occurred as the result of drivers operating their vehicles while distracted, and we know there will be more. If you or a loved one has been involved in a roadway accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, we can help. Contact the distracted driving accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.