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Driving with multiple distractions increases risk of accidents

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2020 | Truck Accidents |

Kentucky drivers may be interested in finding out about data that was provided by Lytx. This is a provider of video telematics, productivity and safety solutions and analytics for public and commercial fleets. One of the most interesting things revealed by their data was the fact that individuals who engage in potentially risky behavior are most likely to engage in other risky behaviors at the same moment.

The data released by the company showed that 23 percent of the events analyzed involved a driver who engaged in multiple risky behaviors. For example, they found that when a person was using a hands-free device to chat with someone, it was also likely that they were eating as well. They were basically compounding the risk. Instead of freeing up their hands to have them on the wheel, they were using them to do other things.

A person can increase their risk of a truck or car accident by up to 100 percent when they talk on the phone and also engage in another potentially distracting activity. Driving while distracted can be fatal. In fact, it has been estimated that about nine individuals in the United States die every single day because of crashes that are related to distracted driving. When commercial fleets are involved, even more disastrous consequences follow.

It is important to identify what causes risky behavior and then address the danger. One way to improve the situation would be to have managers help their commercial truck drivers understand the high risks involved and plan phone calls for times when they are not driving.

Truck accidents can lead to serious injuries, especially when smaller vehicles are involved. An individual who has been injured because of distracted driving could speak to an attorney. The attorney could provide information about getting compensation for damages and injuries.