Truck drivers spend most of their time in their vehicles driving our nation’s roads, and as a result, they often view their truck cabs as their offices, a place where they make and receive phone calls. Unfortunately, dialing, talking, and texting are all unsafe distracted driving behaviors that can lead to Georgia trucking accidents and injuries.
When a trucker’s attention is taken away from driving and the road, the likelihood of a truck crash increases. Because of this, there is a federal ban on hand-held phone use by truck drivers that went into effect this year. This means that truck drivers cannot text, dial, or use hand-held cell phones while driving; however, they can use wireless headsets or hands-free devices.
Although there is a law against truckers using hand-held cell phones while driving, some truck drivers still use their cell phones and break the law. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration indicates that when truck drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to send a text, their eyes are off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds—plenty of time to cause a serious Fulton County trucking accident.
Discovering Whether or Not Your Accident Was Caused by a Trucker Breaking the Law
If you were injured by a semi, you may be wondering what caused the truck driver to run the stop sign or fail to see traffic slowing. Could it be that the truck driver was texting or talking on the phone? Most likely, the truck driver is not going to admit to texting while driving or using a hand-held cell phone—because it is against the law. For this reason, it is best to involve an accident attorney to investigate your Roswell truck accident.
An experienced Fulton County injury attorney can gather cell phone records to see if there is any evidence that the truck driver was distracted and breaking the law. To speak with a qualified lawyer in a free initial consultation, call Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 today.