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Truck Drivers and Hands-Free Cell Phone Use

Driving a commercial truck can be a lonely and sedentary job. As a result, many drivers use cell phones to stay in touch with friends and family back home. Because of the inherent danger with using hand held devices, the federal government banned truck drivers from using  cell phones while driving. The ban did not apply to using hands-free devices, presumably because they were less distracted than their hand-held counterparts. Unfortunately, new data indicates that using a hands-free device while driving is just as distracting and can significantly increase the risk of getting in an accident. Anyone who has been in a truck accident that they believe was caused by a distracted truck driver should be certain to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

 

The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, measured the brain waves of drivers as they performed a variety of tasks, including using speech-to-text email or hands-free cell phone conversations. The study concluded that these activities place a high cognitive burden on drivers, and that drivers using a hands-free device to make a cell phone call were only slightly less distracted than those using a handheld cell phone. There are many different types of truck accidents that can be caused by distracted driving, including the following:

  • Rear-end accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Jackknife accidents
  • Underride accidents
  • Override accidents

After a truck accident, it is important for those affected to obtain as much information about the accident and the way it occurred. An experienced personal injury attorney can help collect evidence establishing how the accident occurred and who was at fault.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Our truck accident attorneys are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence recover for their injuries. We work hard to get our clients the highest settlement or award possible in each case we handle. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia