There are strict rules related to hand-held cell phone use and texting and driving for truck drivers. Serious
truck accidents can be caused by distracted driving and texting while driving which is why there are rules prohibiting it and legal resources available to help victims of distracted truck drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study that revealed that the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event were 23.2 greater for commercial vehicle drivers who text while they were driving than commercial motor vehicle drivers who do not text while driving. On average, truck drivers who were texting while driving removed their eyes from the roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds which is enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour without looking at the roadway.
Texting while driving is considered the most serious form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distracted driving including physical, visual and cognitive. It removes the driver’s hands from the steering wheel, eyes from the roadway and mental focus from the roadway and task of driving. A commercial vehicle accident can leave injured victims facing serious injuries and harm they must deal with. Fortunately, personal injury legal resources are available to help them with their physical, financial and emotional damages.
A personal injury claim for damages can help victims injured in a truck accident with the medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering that typically follows. It is important for injured truck accident victims to be familiar with these legal resources and remedies available to them.