As with passenger car accidents, a major cause of commercial vehicle accidents is distracted driving. In today's digital age, the cell phone may be the most common and dangerous distraction while driving.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration understand the consequences of cell phone distractions and have implemented rules restricting cell phone use by truck and bus drivers and drivers who transport certain quantities of hazardous materials.
Many Bellevue, Washington, residents may know that according to the FMSCA, a commercial vehicle driver is 23.2 time more likely to be involved in an accident if that driver is texting while driving. Additionally, the FMSCA pointed out that commercial drivers who dial a mobile phone are six times more likely to be involved in a crash.
The FMSCA also pointed out that the drivers, who text while they are driving, take their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds on average, which means that if a truck is moving at 55 mph, the driver's eyes are off the road for a distance which is approximately as long as the length of a football field.
Sadly, despite the various steps taken by federal and state authorities, commercial vehicle accidents, such as truck accidents, are relatively common in the United States. Every year, many people are either injured or lose their lives in such accidents.
The injured or their surviving family members may seek compensation for their damages through a claim of personal injury against the truck driver, the trucking company or other parties who may be found liable. These are legally complex and technically difficult cases, and the injured should seek out help from a lawyer who has experience in truck accident cases.