A semi truck collision in Houston, Texas resulted in a car fire and left one boy dead. According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), a semi truck was traveling eastbound on the freeway when its driver allegedly looked down to change something in the truck. Although it was not clear whether he glanced at a cell phone or radio, the driver reportedly returned his attention to the road and saw that traffic was slowing or nearing a complete stop.
According to officials, the driver did not have the chance to brake in time and caused a semi truck collision when he struck a silver vehicle after an estimated 100 feet of skidding. Two other vehicles were involved in the semi truck collision, one of which incurred significant rear-end damage. The HCSO reported that a mother, daughter and boy of eight to 10 years of age were in this vehicle, and although the mother and daughter were transported to a nearby hospital, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the semi truck collision.
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has banned the use of texting and mobile devices by semi truck drivers while they are behind the wheel with the exception of dispatching units, many drivers and companies are not entirely aware of the law and continue to violate the FMCSA’s regulations. However, the agency has recently released distracted driver penalties between $2,750 and $11,000 in an effort to fight against distracted driving.
The FMCSA reports that semi truck drivers are 23 times more likely to cause a semi truck collision if they are texting while driving as it is often more difficult to control a semi truck due to the vehicle’s weight and size. In fact, distracted driving is one of the most common causes of semi truck collisions throughout the U.S. Although texting or browsing the Internet is one of the most severe forms of distracted driving, any action in which the driver’s attention is focused away from the road may result in severe, devastating accidents that can leave others injured or killed.
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