Recent Legal Developments Show Suwanee Truck Accidents are Contributed to Distracted Driving With Cellphones
According to a 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Study, nearly 6,000 deaths and 1 out of 5 deaths were attributed to truck driver that were distracted while driving. Another study by the U. S. federal government demonstrated that talking, along with picking up and dialing the phone while driving, are all dangerous and contribute to truck accidents in Georgia.
On January 3, 2012, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instituted a nationwide hand-held cell phone ban for Suwanee truck drivers and truck drivers across America to reduce cases of distracted driving. The ban still permits hands-free cell phone use by Georgia truck drivers. Therefore, while some distracted driving behaviors are banned for truck drivers, the act of talking on a cellphone while driving, the most distracting part is still legal! Therefore, passenger cars and their operators and drivers are still at a risk of being involved in a Georgia truck accident.
If you have been involved in a Suwanee truck accident and have personally suffered injuries or have had your passengers suffering injuries, physical or emotional, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith. When you speak with a Georgia truck accident attorney, you will be able to learn about all of your legal rights, make sure your all of your damages are accounted for and ensure that the at-fault parties are held responsible for your injuries. Call (770) 487-8999 to speak with a PI attorney today!
Since there are so many distractions that truck drivers in Gwinnett County and all over the country must be aware of, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made some serious recommendations to reduce truck driver distractions in Suwanee and elsewhere in Georgia:
- Truck fleet managers should train Gwinnett County truck drivers to have their mirrors adjusted, wear sunglasses, and know their route before their truck starts moving. Otherwise, the chance of a Suwanee truck accident increases.
- All paperwork, electronic and analog devices should be used when the truck is off the road. When attempting to “multi-task,” all too often, Georgia truck accidents can occur because they take their eyes and mind off the road and hit innocent passenger vehicles.
- Trucking companies and truck manufacturers should have simple dashboards and instrument panels to minimize the time necessary to operate their truck which will minimize the chances of a Gwinnett County truck accident. Increasing the use of hands-free and voice operated controls will enable a trucker to keep their eyes and mind on the road.
Speaking with a truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will enable you to have your circumstances evaluated and see if you have a case. During your free consultation, you will be able to learn what types of damages you may be able to recover on, how to determine these damages and if you need further medical treatment for physical and/or emotional damages. PI attorney Shane Smith will enable you to make sure you know and can exercise your legal rights!