Semi-trucks can pose a significant risk of serious injury to people who drive on our country’s highways. While commercial trucks are generally involved in fewer accidents per mile than passenger vehicles, they still have the potential to cause catastrophic injury to people involved in accidents with them. As a result, the commercial trucking industry is subject to strict federal safety regulations relating to a wide variety of issues. For examples, the standards for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are higher than for regular licenses, and CDL holders are subject to much stiffer penalties for driving-related misconduct. When drivers or trucking companies do not comply with these regulations and cause an injury, it may be sufficient to establish liability in a personal injury lawsuit. Anyone who has been injured in a trucking accident should contact one of the experienced Clayton County truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible to have their case reviewed.
One regulation that applies to truck drivers is a federal ban on the use of handheld phones while operating a commercial truck. The law was passed as part of a federal effort to reduce the number of crashes that were the result of distracted driving. The proliferation of smart phones in recent years has increased the number of accidents that result from distracted driving, and data indicates that people who engage in texting while driving are at 23 times the risk of crash than non-distracted drivers. According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands-free devices for cell phones still may present a significant safety risk. The study involved measuring “cognitive distractions” for drivers while they engaged in certain tasks, such as talking, listening to the radio, using cellphones, and speech-to-text texting. The study indicated that using speech-to-text devices distracted a person three times as much as a person listening to the radio.
Contact a Clayton County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.