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In the most recent edition of The Trial Lawyer, there was an article that pointed out the terrifying statistics behind texting and driving injuries and deaths. According to the article, the National Highway Safety Administration reports that texting while driving is six times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated. They indicated that texting poses the same level of distraction to a driver as consuming four beers in a short period of time. In 2011 alone, it is estimated that 1.3 million crashes involved texting drivers. In short, the dangers of texting while driving should make anyone pause before they make such a potentially fatal mistake. It is clearly a dangerous practice for anyone.
Consider, however, the additional danger of texting and driving while operating an 80,000 pound truck. Drivers of commercial vehicles need to be especially aware of the dangers of texting while driving. Unfortunately, many do not. According to the article in The Trial Lawyer, a truck moving at 70 miles per hour will cover 630 feet, unguided, during the time it takes to read a normal text message. It does not take much creativity to imagine the tragic results of an unguided truck over the length of two football fields.
Trucking cases are very different than normal automobile crash cases. Holders of a commercial driver’s license are held to higher standards than a normal driver. They are held to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Although these regulations can be rather complex, it is clear that texting and driving a truck are violations of the standard of care imposed upon truckers by federal regulations. The United States Department of Transportation has identified three causes of distracted driving for commercial truck drivers. The three main causes are when the trucker takes his hands off of the wheel, when he takes his attention off of his driving and when he takes his eyes off of the road. Texting while driving involves all three forms of distraction at the same time and can lead to deadly results.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed by someone who was texting and driving in a trucking accident, you need experienced trial lawyers who can take on the trucking companies who will be fighting hard to avoid responsibility for their actions. If you would like a free consultation about your texting while driving case, please call us at 937-643-0600.