Distracted driving is dangerous and sometimes deadly, especially when it comes to a distracted truck driver. Even though truck drivers are exposed to many distractions, they are still expected to keep their attention on the road and drive safely. The right attorney can help you.
Truck drivers are essential to our economy and way of life. They work long hours that drain them physically and mentally. However, these factors don’t give them an excuse to use unsafe driving practices. They are beholden to the same standards and laws that other drivers are plus some additional ones. Semi-trucks are extremely dangerous vehicles given their structure, weight, and size. A semi-truck crash will typically cause much more damage than a passenger vehicle accident.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries due to truck driver distraction, don’t hesitate to contact a seasoned Huntsville personal injury lawyer for help. There are legal remedies available to you.
Distracted driving happens when a driver diverts their attention away from activities crucial for safe driving. These behaviors increase the risk of getting into an accident. A distraction is generally anything that draws the truck driver’s attention or eyes away from the road ahead of them.
Truck drivers face distractions from both inside and outside the truck’s cab. Distractions inside the cab include eating, reading, dialing a cell phone, texting, using dispatching devices, or adjusting the radio. Distractions outside of the cab can include looking at a passing building, billboard, or person.
Very concerning statistics exist regarding truck driver distraction in the United States. It’s common knowledge that driver distraction is dangerous, but when behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle traveling at high speeds, it’s even more so. Consider these statistics:
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
A Huntsville personal injury attorney can help determine who caused your accident and how. When a big rig is involved, the cause or a contributing factor is commonly truck driver distraction.
People who are injured in accidents involving semi-trucks often face many difficult challenges. Their physical recovery might be limited or take a long time. They are missing work and have medical expenses waiting for payment. An attorney can help them receive compensation for these challenges.
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