Truck Driver Cellphone Use
Were You Seriously Injured By A Distracted Truck Driver?
No matter what type of vehicle someone is driving, they put the lives of everyone sharing the road with them at risk when they choose to take their eyes off the road to look at their phone. When the distracted driver is operating an 80,000 pound truck that risk only increases both because of the sheer size of the vehicle and because of how much space trucks need to come to a complete stop. By choosing to take their eyes off the road, distracted truck drivers could cause a catastrophic accident that seriously injures or even kills their fellow motorists.
At Aldous \ Walker LLP, our Houston truck accident lawyers have represented hundreds of injured victims across the United States, and are committed to providing each new client we accept with the same standard of care that earned us national recognition. If you were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by a distracted driver, contact our firm today to speak with one of our lawyers and begin planning out your next steps.
How Dangerous Is Distracted Driving?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a report that indicated that a “safety-critical event” – which include crashes, near-crashes, unintentional lane deviations and more – is six times more likely to occur when they take their eyes off the road to look at their phones. According to their data, every time a truck driver looks down at their phone, they take their eyes off the road for an average of 3.8 seconds. While driving along highway speed, that much time is enough to cover about 300 feet, or the length of a football field. Driving effectively blind for that long could prevent the truck driver from reacting to potential hazards that come up, potentially causing a catastrophic crash that could cause serious injuries, including:
Truck drivers have a number of restrictions (PDF) on how and when they can use their mobile devices while behind the wheel. These rules and regulations, enforced by the FMCA, requires them to use a hands-free system or only press a single button when receiving or sending a phone call or message. Unfortunately, negligent and reckless drivers still choose to ignore these restrictions and risk the lives and safety of everyone else on the road.
Call us at (214) 307-6307 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney today.
Contact Us Today To Get Started With Your Case
Serious injuries often come with massive medical bills and significant damages, and our Houston truck accident attorneys at Aldous \ Walker LLP will provide you with the experienced legal representation you need to secure the compensation necessary to cover all of these costs. Give us a call at (214) 307-6307 to speak with a member of our firm today, or send us the details of your situation through our online form.