Injured By A Truck Driver Distracted By Their Phone?
Were You Injured By A Distracted Driver?
No driver should ever reach for their phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle, and that is especially true for commercial truck drivers. Not only do their vehicles lack the braking capabilities of typical passenger vehicles, but 18-wheelers can weigh over 25 times more than a car. Any time a truck driver’s eyes and attention aren’t focused on the road is a time that could lead to a catastrophic crash.
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Cellphone Use Dramatically Increases The Risk Of A Crash
According to research commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are 6 times more likely to be involved in what they call a “safety-critical event” – an unintentional lane deviation, a near-crash, or a crash – when they attempt to use their cellphone while driving. The FMCSA estimated that on average, truck drivers took their eyes off the road for about 3.8 seconds every time they looked down at their cellphone. Taking their eyes off the road for that long while going 55 mph, or highway speed, meant that they blindly travelled over 300 feet, the approximate distance of a football field. An 80,000-pound vehicle can cause a lot of damage when driven blindly for hundreds of feet, and may lead to:
Our San Diego attorneys are committed to holding negligent drivers and trucking companies responsible for their actions, and have the experience and skills needed to launch a full investigation into the actions of the driver leading up to the crash as well as the policies the trucking company has in place regarding cellphone use. Some of the options available to us include obtaining the necessary phone records and checking to see whether or not the truck’s cab was fitted with the necessary hands-free systems. FMCSA regulations restrict the truck driver’s use of any mobile device while behind the wheel, including requiring the use of a hands-free system, reading messages, or pressing more than one button when making or receiving a call.
Contact The McClellan Law Firm Today
If you were injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent driver who may have been distracted by a cellphone or mobile device, you may be able to file a lawsuit to secure the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, property damage, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, pain, suffering, anxiety, and any other damages you may have incurred or will incur in the future, as a result of the crash. Our San Diego truck accident lawyers have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients over the past 25 plus years, and we are committed to providing each client with the dedicated and professional excellence we’re known for. Give us a call at (619) 215-1488 to speak with one of our truck accident lawyers, or fill out our online form to begin your free consultation process.