A Fayette truck accident attorney understands the laws of the road and can explain to you how text messaging while driving is considered distracted driving under Georgia law. Since the beginning of 2010, the state has ruled that drivers who cause an accident while texting would not only be subjected to double the fines but could also have their license suspended.
Regardless of whether or not the state of Georgia had a penalty policy against texting while driving, in January 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put a texting while driving ban on all commercial vehicle drivers. Under the laws of FMCSA, talking on a cell phone while driving is also forbidden. If broken, a driver could be fined $2,700 and a trucking company could be fined $11,000.
When a distracted driving accident occurs because the driver was text messaging and serious injuries are endured, victims can pursue a personal injury claim against the truck driver and possibly even the trucking company, contractor, employer, and the insurance company as well. Based on the evidence that you bring forth, an attorney can help you determine which of these defendants may be obligated to compensate you for any of the injuries you may have sustained.
The damages you may be able to recover in a claim will depend on the circumstances of the accident. Your truck accident attorney can help you calculate the amount of financial losses related to income, earning capacity, and medical costs. Additionally, you may be able to seek compensation for less tangible losses, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, paralysis, disfigurement, and death.
Call a Fayette Truck Accident Attorney When Your Accident Was Caused By Distracted Driving
The Law Offices of Shane Smith will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve if you sustained serious injuries in a truck accident that was caused by driver negligence. Request your free copy of one of our books: 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case and Property Damage Guide for Georgia. Contact us today at 866-979-1629.