Truck Driver Cellphone Use
Were You Involved in an Accident Caused By a Distracted Driver?
Distracted drivers, even if they’re driving something as small as a Vespa, dramatically increase the risk of causing an accident through their negligence. When that driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound truck, those accidents only become more dangerous. Because of the sheer size of their vehicles, even losing a split second of reaction time increases the potential danger of a crash because of just how long it takes a fully-loaded truck to come to a complete stop under braking. When a truck driver makes the decision to take their eyes off the road to look at their phone, it puts the lives of everyone around them at risk.
At Robert Sparks Attorneys, our Tampa truck accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to representing injured victims throughout Florida in order to secure them the compensation they need. If you were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by a distracted driver, contact us today to learn how we can help you put together a plan of action that best suits your needs and will help you secure the maximum compensation possible.
How Dangerous Are Distracted Drivers?
Truck drivers who take their eyes off the road to look at their phones are 6 times more likely to be involved in a “safety-critical event” according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The list of safety-critical events includes crashes, near-crashes, and unintentional lane deviations. The FMCSA also reported that the average truck driver looks down at their phone for an average of 3.8 seconds each time they choose to take their eyes off the road – while 3.8 seconds may not sound like much, it’s enough to cover about 300 feet, or the length of a football field while travelling at highway speeds. If the distracted driver fails to react to an oncoming hazard or loses control of their vehicle due to their negligence, they can cause a catastrophic crash which can lead to serious injuries including:
Even though the FMCA has set restrictions on when and how truck drivers can use their phones on the road – drivers are restricted to pressing one button when making or receiving a phone call or reading a message and are required to use a hands-free system to use their phones – negligent drivers still ignore these rules and put the safety of everyone on the road at risk. If you were seriously injured in a crash caused by a distracted truck driver, contact an experienced attorney today. We understand the best way to go about investigating the regulations and laws that apply to your situation, securing their phone records in order to determine whether or not they were using their phone at the time of the crash, the driver’s history of unsafe behavior, etc.
Call us at (813) 336-3348 to discuss your case with an experienced truck accident attorney today.
Hire The Experienced Legal Representation You Need
With decades of collective experience, our Tampa truck accident attorneys at Robert Sparks Attorneys are ready to provide you with the legal guidance you need to secure the compensation you deserve. If you were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent driver, contact us today by calling our firm at (813) 336-3348, or by filling out our online form to request a free case evaluation.