Distracted Driving & Truck Accidents
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Since truck drivers spend so much time on the road, multi-tasking can be quite tempting. However, distractions increase the risk of devastating truck crashes. While distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States, the aftermath can be more tragic if a distracted driver is operating a massive semi-truck or tractor-trailer.
The Columbus truck accident attorneys at Rourke & Blumenthal can help if you have been injured in a commercial truck crash caused by a distracted trucker. Our lawyers work tirelessly to hold distracted drivers accountable for your injuries and damages.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers were engaged in non-driving related tasks in 71 percent of collisions involving commercial trucks, 46 percent of near-crashes, and 60 percent of all safety-critical incidents. Distractions can result in taking their eyes off the road, taking their hands off the wheel, and taking their mind away from the primary task of driving.
The following are common tasks which distract truck drivers:
- Texting on a cell phone
- Dialing on a cell phone
- Talking or listening to a hands-free phone or CB radio
- Communicating through or looking at the dispatching device
- Looking at a map or GPS
- Using a calculator
- Writing on paper or a notebook
- Reaching for an object in the vehicle
- Reading a book, magazine, or newspaper
Suffered an Injury Caused by a Distracted Driver? Contact Us Today!
Distracted driving is considered negligence. If a truck crash was caused by a distracted trucker, the driver and the trucking company may be liable for injuries you have suffered. We can investigate your collision, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance providers, as well as protect your rights and best interests while you make the best recovery possible from your injury.