An interview late last month with firefighters working with the Knoxville Fire Department revealed why it may take them a little longer than it should to respond to calls for assistance. They often drive much slower than they’d otherwise have to in an effort to make sure that they don’t collide with distracted drivers.
One firefighter interviewed by a local new agency recounted how often times, even though they may drive with their sirens blaring and lights flashing, there always is one motorist that doesn’t move out of the way. As firefighters approach and look inside of those cars, they often either see motorists singing along with a song on the radio or looking at the screen of their phone.
Of particular concern to the firefighters is when motorists seem to be distracted by texting and not paying attention as they approach intersections.
One fireman interviewed noted that he often watches motorists and how they react as their trucks prepare to pass through an intersection. He can often tell whether a car as far back as 100 feet from it is going to stop for them or continue going.
Not all firefighters have a finely tuned eye for this though. In instances like this, it may be impossible to stop a fire truck in time to avoid colliding with a motorist. In situations like this, a crash involving significant car damage and injuries is likely to occur.
In an effort to reduce the chances of this occurring, Knoxville’s Fire Department has recently installed new technology on its fleet of trucks. It has equipped them with a low frequency wave notification system that has an ability to vibrate cars within a certain distance of the fire trucks. This technology has shown promise of getting distracted motorists’ attention.
Distracted driving is just one of many reasons why motorists may collide with trucks. Intoxication, poor vehicle maintenance, reckless driving and driver fatigue also have the potential to cause truck crashes. An experienced Knoxville trucking accident can help you make sense of the complex investigation that goes into proving liability in truck crash cases and whether you may qualify to receive compensation for your injuries as a result.