Dangers of Driving While Using a Mobilephone in South Africa Captured in Scary Viral Truck Crash Dashcam Video

Dangers of Driving While Using a Mobilephone in South Africa Captured in Scary Viral Truck Crash Dashcam Video

  • Dashcam footage shows the moment a truck driver is involved in a huge accident after losing control of the vehicle
  • The clip shows the driver busy on his smartphone and at one point he even steers the truck with his elbow, in addition the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was flung around the cabin
  • The crash once again shines the spotlight on the dangers of distracted driving and more closely on the common occurrence of drivers being distracted by their phones

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A truck driver will have a hard time explaining to his employers why he was using a mobile phone while driving. The driver's behaviour caused a huge accident and in addition to the distracted driving he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

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A truck driver was caught using his mobile phone while driving. Image: YouTube
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The statistics are alarming, in the United States one in every four road accidents is caused by texting and driving, reports personal injury law firm EdgarSnyder. A driver's concentration to answer one text message takes five seconds away from focusing on the road.

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An example of how dangerous texting and driving can be was caught on dashcam footage of a South African truck driver, reports SA Trucker. The driver goes so far as to steer the large vehicle with his elbow as he focuses on the mobile phone. A few moments later he found himself flung around the cabin after losing control of the truck and the golden rule of not wearing a seatbelt.

According to Arrive Alive, studies have suggested that texting while driving is riskier than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Watch the incident below:

Dangers of falling asleep behind the wheel captured in scary dashcam clip

A shocking clip recording on a truck's dash-cam captures the moment the driver falls asleep and topples off his seat, losing control of the truck, Briefly News reports.

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The viral clip of the incident, which took place in 2021, caught the attention of social media users who commented that the driver either suffered a seizure or had major fatigue. Research on South African roads has indicated that driver fatigue plays a role in as many as 20% of accidents and 25% to 30% of fatal crashes.

The clip was posted by SA Trucker who indicated a time stamp on the dash-cam footage that shows it took place last year. The driver quickly loses control of the truck and appears to pass out, with fatigue being a possible reason.

Source: Briefly News

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