Distracted truck drivers are a hazard on the highways. Truck drivers are fatigued because their companies are overbooking drivers, not following appropriate sleep guidelines, or not following driver shift scheduling regulations.
Even worse, many drivers are not properly trained. They are texting or watching videos on their mobile devices while driving.
TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP
There is hope that technology is providing solutions to distracted truck drivers.
The Lytx DriveCam provides cameras running inside the cab of the tractor and cameras watching the road ahead of the driver. Lytx claims that by videotaping truck drivers, this technology can reduce property damage and collisions. Click here to view.
Also, autonomous breaking systems are the future of trucking. Many manufacturers, such as Volvo, are utilizing autonomous breaking systems to sense vehicles in front of the truck and automatically stop the truck, avoiding a collision. This video demonstrates the potential of this innovative technology. Click here to view.
THE 2015 GEORGIA SOUTHERN NURSING STUDENTS WRECK
Distracted truck driving is an issue that Cheeley Law Group addressed in the Georgia Southern Nursing Students cases. Bryan County Superior Court jurors awarded Megan Richards $15 million for the traumatic brain injury she says she suffered in an early-morning crash on I-16 near Savannah. The wreck, which made headlines nationwide, occurred when a tractor-trailer driven at highway speed … rolled over the top of a Toyota Corolla carrying three students. The rig then struck the Ford Escape carrying Richards and three other classmates. The two cars, en route to a nursing clinical program, had been sitting in traffic stopped because of an earlier wreck.
No explanation was ever given for why the USXpress/Total Transportation tractor-trailer–operated by a company driver who had fallen asleep before and rolled a big rig–violently collided with a near-mile long line of stopped cars.
During Friday’s closing arguments, Cheeley reminded jurors of the driver’s prior crash and said evidence he was fatigued or using his cell phone just before the collision warranted a potential punitive award. “If he was looking at his cell phone, or if he was fatigued, and driving at 68 miles per hour, that is unconscionable in my book.…”