Distracted driving is a significant contributor to truck accidents, with delayed reaction times being a prime factor in these crashes. Reaction time refers to the time it takes for a driver to respond to a stimulus, such as the need to brake suddenly.
Any distraction can significantly impair a driver’s ability to react promptly. Distracted driving poses a significant threat to road safety, particularly in the context of truck accidents.
Truck vs. car reaction times
Trucks require more time to stop than cars due to their substantial size and weight. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The sheer mass of trucks means their stopping distances and times are inherently longer. When a distracted driver operates a truck, the already longer stopping time increases further.
Common instances of distracted driving include texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating and using navigation systems. These activities divert attention from the road, increasing the risk of accidents.
Impact on injuries
Truck accidents often result in severe injuries. The sheer force generated during a collision involving a large, heavy truck translates into greater trauma upon impact. Their weight amplifies the force of impact, leading to more significant damage and more severe injuries. Understanding these factors sheds light on why truck accidents can have devastating consequences.
Preventing truck accidents
There were 3,784 large truck crashes in New Jersey in 2022. These collisions injured 2,321 people and killed 60.
A commitment to attentive driving benefits everyone on the road, fostering a safer and more secure transportation environment.