Before the invention of smartphones, drunk driving was one of the main causes of car and truck accidents. Although drunk driving is always a concern, distracted driving has become one of the recent primary reasons for accidents. Florida drivers realize how dangerous distracted driving is, especially when they are behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. Serious injuries and deaths are common when it comes to truck accidents.
What are the distracted driving statistics concerning commercial vehicles and trucks? In the latest study of the SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index, five percent of distracted truck drivers were distracted 79 percent of the time when they were executing risky maneuvers. The research defined "risky maneuvers" as situations such as swerves, sudden stops and collisions. The data, conducted in 2012, was derived from vehicles equipped with video recorders. Over 15 million video events were analyzed during the course of the study.