A truck driver from Ohio killed a mother of two in her disabled car on I-90. Police now say that he was watching porn on his laptop computer at the time of the deadly truck accident and had slept only 4 hours in the middle of a 27-hour stint of driving. The trucker had been operating with falsified logbooks in violation of federal hours of service (HoS) regulations at the time of the accident. The woman had struck a deer, disabling her car. She had called 9-1-1 and reported the accident. Several cars and trucks avoided her vehicle, but this trucker was distracted and struck her car.

This accident brings up again the role of distraction in causing truck driving accidents. Distractions like cell phones and laptop computers are common causes of both truck accidents and car accidents. In addition to personal laptops, the in-cab dispatching devices–computers for use by drivers that keep them in contact with dispatchers and give navigation directions–may be responsible for as much as 3% of all trucking accidents, according to a recent study.

As technology gives more options for entertainment and work, we have to learn how to manage the distractions to work and play efficiently without endangering others. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a distracted trucker, your truck accident lawsuit can help trucking companies and regulators assess the real cost of dangerous, distracted driving. Please contact the personal injury lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA today for a free case evaluation.