Have You Been Involved in an Accident with a Truck Driver Using a Cell Phone?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently passed laws that prohibit drivers from using cell phones while operating a commercial truck. Because these are federal regulations, they supersede any state laws concerning cell phone use. The FMCSA created this regulation because studies have shown that truck drivers who use cell phones to send text messages are more than 20 percent more likely to be involved in an accident or other traffic incident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted truck driver, we invite you to fill out our online case form.
Why Is It So Dangerous for a Driver to Be Distracted?
Cell phones are particularly hazardous distractions to a driver, because they distract a person in three different ways:
Texting while driving requires the truck driver to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, and their focus off of what they are supposed to be doing: driving a vehicle that weighs as much as 80,000 pounds. To send or read a text, a driver is typically distracted for at least five seconds. This is the equivalent of you driving the length of a football field at 40 miles per hour with your eyes closed.
Trucking companies may have employee requirements that work against the new federal laws. Sometimes they require drivers to check in via cell phone to receive updated information or routing details. Even if a driver is simply carrying on a phone conversation while driving, it can be very distracting, and cause a driver to make simple mistakes such as missing a turn or delaying critical braking response.
If you are involved in an accident with a truck driver who is using a cell phone, an experienced attorney can be the key to proving your case and receiving appropriate compensation for your damages and injuries. If the trucking company’s policies promoted such negligent behavior, they should also be held accountable.
If your accident is due to another’s negligence, Goldberg & Osborne can help.
With more than twenty years of experience in a wide range of vehicle accident and truck accident cases, Goldberg & Osborne will help you to recover costs for lost wages, property damage, medical expenses, future losses, and pain and suffering caused by the negligent driving of another.
Through our association of experienced attorneys, we handle clients in all fifty states and can start your case on the phone or through email. There is no need to come into our offices. Best of all, you pay no money up front. You only pay if we win.
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