Truck Accidents Caused By Truck Driver GPS Use

September 3, 2012

Auto Accidents

truck accidentWhat effect does use of a GPS (Global Positioning System) have on the driving performance of a truck driver?  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver distraction causes about 30 percent of all auto accidents.  Commercial truck drivers who reach for an object while driving are three times more likely to be involved in a truck crash, the FMCSA noted.  The object that many truck drivers reach for is the GPS.

Any handheld device, such as a cell phone, can be distracting.  The U.S. Department of Transportation studied 20,000 commercial truck drivers in 2010 and found the GPS, texting, using cell phones, eating and drinking, and smoking cigarettes were common distracted behaviors truck drivers exhibited. Using a GPS while driving requires visual, manual and cognitive skills that vie with paying attention to the road.

Texting while driving is now banned in 39 states (Ohio recently became the 39th to outlaw it).  One generally thinks of texting as sending a written message to another person. However, one can type on the GPS units to locate cities, find hotels, etc. and this is similarly distracting.

After a truck accident, the GPS can provide important information about the driver’s activity before the truck accident.  It may be necessary to speak with an Ohio truck accident lawyer to make sure crucial evidence at the scene is not destroyed and that state or federal safety violations have not occurred.  Trucking companies can legally hold logbooks or destroy GPS records within 30 days of the truck accident.

The tractor-trailer’s size, weight and load can also be important information to have.  One or more of these factors may provide an important clue to the cause of the crash.

An Ohio truck accident lawyer will have the truck inspected for defects and may retain private investigators to interview witnesses and reconstruct how the accident happened.  These experts can also interpret on-board computer data and GPS tracking information.

Without experienced legal representatives who are familiar with current statutes and federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry, you may not receive the compensation you deserve in a car/truck accident.

Whether the truck accident is the result of the recklessness of the truck driver, or the negligence of his employer, or both, or even the fault of a third party, it is advisable that a knowledgeable Ohio personal injury lawyer be contacted as soon as possible.

Please contact the Ohio accident law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or by contacting us through our website

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One Comment on “Truck Accidents Caused By Truck Driver GPS Use”

  1. vitamin Says:

    This is interestingly just the thing I’ve been looking for! Wonderful and thanks!


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