Ohio truck drivers have a legal responsibility to keep their eyes on the road at all times. Unfortunately, many become distracted while behind the wheel, which can lead to catastrophic accidents.

The cab of a tractor-trailer is filled with many distractions, including food and drink, cellphones and GPS devices. When drivers take their eyes off the road to eat, send a text or input GPS locations, they are essentially leaving their rig without an operator as it hurtles down the road. For example, drivers traveling at 67 mph can cross the length of a football field in only three seconds, and drivers going 70 mph can travel almost a tenth of a mile in only five seconds. That’s a frightening amount of ground to cover while driving blind.

In order to reduce the risk of distracted driving accidents, traffic safety experts recommend that truck drivers do all they can to eliminate in-cab distractions. For instance, when stopping at a fast food restaurant, they should unwrap all food packages and put a straw in their drink before leaving the parking lot to avoid food-related distractions on the road. In addition, they should always avoid texting while behind the wheel and use Bluetooth headphones to make hands-free phone calls.

When distracted truck drivers cause truck accidents, injured victims have the right to pursue legal action in civil court. With the help of an attorney, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering, property loss and other crash-related damages.