Chances are you’ve probably done it. You’ve checked a text, made a phone call, been fatigued or sleepy, or simply "zoned out" for a moment while driving. I have a 40 mile commute to work each way and I see it on the road every day. Drivers take distracted driving dangers for granted thinking "it can’t happen to me."
Even commercial vehicle drivers are not immune and there continue to be troubling reports about bus drivers, taxi drivers and drivers in trucking accidents who drive while texting, fatigued or otherwise distracted.
- A semi truck driver caused a fatal accident when driving while watching a porn movie
- Another truck driver killed three people and injured 13 when he looked down at a map
- A bus driver was caught on camera reading while driving
- A truck driver on his cell phone killed 11 members of a Mennonite family in Kentucky
Now, another bus driver, has been caught on video driving with not one, but two cell phones:
This distracted bus driver was in Italy, but we face the same dangers here in America.
Texting and using a cell phone while driving account for more than 25% of auto crashes. In fact, distracted driving can be as dangerous and as deadly as driving drunk.
Please don’t put yourself and others at risk.
(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison
Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.