New federal regulations address the increasing problem of truck driver distraction while driving. Severe penalties now exist for commercial drivers (including 18-wheelers) who use cell phones while driving. If you are the victim of a big rig wreck it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney in Clayton County.
A new law applicable nationwide prohibits commercial drivers from using any handheld cell phones or texting devices while operating a vehicle on the highway even if the vehicle is temporarily stalled in traffic. However, a truck driver may be distracted in other ways that makes him just as hazardous to other drivers.
Common examples of truck drivers' distractions include:
- Drinking (alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages)
- Reading a map or GPS
- Using a Citizens Band (CB) radio
- Unfamiliarity with roadways/off ramps
- Adjusting the stereo
Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.
Evidence that a truck driver was distracted and that this contributed to the accident could cause the truck driver, the trucking company and its insurance carrier to be found legally responsible for a victim's injuries and damages. This may include loss of wages, medical expenses and property damage.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted truck driver, meet with a truck accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.