Secrets to Prevent Distracted Driving – Answers that were there all along.
It cost Rogel Aguilera-Mederos a 110-year prison sentence when he crashed his big rig into stopped traffic on I-70 in 2019, killing 4 people. He was just 26 years old then.
New Data Released by The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that in the first half of 2021, there was a massive spike in road fatalities.
Some truck accidents statistics that we really need to dive deep and be concerned about are:
l 2.6 million truckers succumb to on-the-job death.
l 97% of large truck driver mortality are males.
l 52% increase with 4102 deaths in 2017 since 2009.
l 112,000 injury crashes and 414,000 property damage-only crashes in 2018 involved large trucks.
l 538,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes nationwide in 2019.
l 159,000 people were estimated to be injured in crashes involving large trucks by NHTSA in 2019.
The dominant cause of concern that is staring us in the face for the majority of truck accident mortality is Distracted Driving. The U.S. federal government defines Distracted Driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.”
3,142 deaths associated with distracted driving in 2019 have alone been the heavy toll in the trucking business. The most common causes leading to truck wrecks via distracted driving include:
l Listening to music, radio
l Using a tablet or laptop
l Navigating with a GPS/ Map
l Operating instrument controls
l Eating, drinking, and smoking
l Reaching for another object in the truck
l Browsing through work-related paperwork or social media
l Looking at the surroundings
l Make-up and Grooming
Every truck driver’s worst nightmare is being involved in an accident. Some bite the dust, and some get severely challenged both physically and mentally, scarred for life. Anyone who drives an 80,000-pound semi-truck will know for sure how things can go awry in a matter of milliseconds – some from their own experiences and some from their colleagues.
We as a trucking industry have gained unwanted notoriety over these years due to the increase in truck accidents. We are not painting a better picture with alarming accident statistics involving fleet trucks. It is a known fact that distracted driving alone has escalated financial costs, high insurance premiums, decreased productivity, increased number of audits, and not to mention, the ultimate bulldozer of all -numerous lawsuits.
Being a provider of 8.7 million jobs, bringing the total revenue of ＄791 billion, we are the lifeline between the consumers and products, keeping the wheels turning. It will not be an exaggeration to say that our truck drivers are the unsung heroes of the supply chain, the real enterprising factor of our economy and society at large. It is high time we upped the ante by eliminating this pain point called Distracted Driving.
Some ways to uphold our reputation are:
l Hiring qualified drivers
l Rigorous fleet maintenance
l Implementing zero-tolerance policy for distracted driving
l Rolling out a safety program for truckers
l Conducting random driving evaluations
l Implementing drug testing for drivers
l Creating safer communication methods
l Driver accountability
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