I have seen truckers using cellphones while driving. They are only taking their eyes off the road for a fraction of a second. What is the harm in that?
According to statistics revealed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) a trucker making a call on a cellphone is 6 times as likely to be involved in a crash. A trucker trying to read a dispatch device is 10 times more likely to be involved in a collision, and a texting trucker is 23 times more likely to be in a wreck than a driver who is watching the road.
Statistics released by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) further indicate that truckers that text are 23 times more likely to be in a near-crash scenario or actual crash than a driver not using a cellphone to text.
While texting while driving may seem as not dangerous, the problem is that it takes a driver’s eyes off the road increases the chances of an accident. Additionally, trucks weigh up to 30 times more than a regular car. Those involved in a trucking accident are lucky if they survive.
Other Texting While Driving FAQs:
- Are school bus drivers allowed to talk or text on their cellphone while driving?
- I have seen truckers using cellphones while driving. They are only taking their eyes off the road for a fraction of a second. What is the harm in that?
- I see lots of people on the road texting while driving. Is it really that dangerous?
- If I can not text while driving, what about using hands-free technology?
- My employer says it is dangerous to use a cellphone while driving, but wants me to be more productive. I can only do that if I can make and take calls while I am on the road. Does it really make any difference if I make calls and text while driving?
- Why is using my cellphone while I am driving more dangerous that talking to my passengers?