It has become a given in today’s high tech society that people are going to text while driving and that it is incredibly dangerous; whether you watch the evening news, the daily talk shows or the ubiquitous crime drama series the theme is a constant.
But for all the attention that is paid to keeping the likes of suburban moms, teenagers and businessmen from using their cell phone or texting on the road, those dangers are nothing compared to the dangers presented by the fact that far too many of the drivers of commercial vehicles are driving enormous tractor trailers while surrounded by distractions.
The cabs of today’s semis are outfitted like small homes. Where at one time truck drivers relied upon their radios and CBs to keep them entertained and awake, now drivers have GPS units to point them in the right direction, smart phones with applications and texting capabilities, laptop computers, even televisions and DVD players.
Additional Truck Accident Distractions
Add to this the fact that drivers can also eat in their vehicles and this has led to a marked increase in truck accidents caused by distracted drivers. Tractor trailers that are driven by distracted drivers have the potential of becoming true weapons of mass destruction; with an eighteen wheeled truck weighing as much as 80,000 pounds and travelling at 65 miles per hour, a few seconds of eyes off of the road can lead to death for many people.
Truck Drivers Responsible for Most Truck Accidents
Although there can be many contributing factors for accidents involving trucks, statistically speaking most truck accidents are determined to be the fault of the truck driver, and the most common reasons for this are either driver fatigue or driver distraction.
Drivers texting and paying attention to factors other than the road in front of them have become such a concern that the federal government has enacted stringent laws addressing the problem, and truck drivers caught texting while driving face stiff penalties of almost $3,000 as well as the possibility criminal charges being filed against them.
Repeat offenders risk having their licenses taken away, while their employers face substantially higher penalties for not enforcing the law among their employees.
One of the reasons for the increased attention and stridency of the rules about distracted driving have come following the release of some pointed statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which showed that looking at maps, dialing or even reaching for cell phones, and even using professional tools like communication devices between themselves and their dispatchers take the drivers’ eyes off of the road for anywhere from five to ten seconds.
This is enough time to cause a disastrous accident that endangers not only the driver and his truck but all the vehicles and pedestrians that cross his path.
If you have been in an accident with a tractor trailer and the driver of the truck was distracted, then no matter what else may have happened leading up to the accident was exacerbated by the fact that the driver was not paying the proper amount of attention to the road and the environment around him.
When that is the case you need a veteran truck accident lawyer on your side who has the experience and strength to present that to a jury in order to make certain that your case is presented in a way that punishes the driver and all other responsible parties and gets you both justice and the compensation that you need to pay your bills and reimburse you for your pain and suffering.
Danziger & De Llano Will Fight for Your Rights
There is no doubt that truck driver’s job is an arduous one. Long hours behind the wheel in all sorts of weather, struggling through traffic or on long lonely highways, spending days away from their home and family; but none of these factors are excuses for a driver not devoting his full attention to the road in front of him.
The vehicle that he or she is driving is sometimes thirty times heavier than the vehicles with which they share the road, and that is why the government has enacted such strict rules to ensure that drivers are not distracted by video screens or other devices that can take their eyes off of the road for the split second that can cost an innocent life or lives.
If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident and the driver of the truck was distracted, that was a contributing factor that points to negligence on the part of the driver, and possibly of the driver’s employer as well.
Contact the truck accident lawyers at Danziger & De Llano at 1-800-411-7411 and tell us about your case. You can trust that we will leave no stone unturned in uncovering all of the responsible parties and holding them liable for your damages.