Texting and Truck Driving Causes Accidents
When an 18-wheeler is involved in an accident, the consequences are often tragic. The size, speed, and dynamics of 18-wheeler accidents are such that trucking accidents often lead to serious injuries or loss of life. For those reasons, the federal government imposes strict standards on truckers to ensure that they are driving safely and not unnecessarily endangering the lives of those sharing the roads with them. However, in spite of regulations, some of the major causes of passenger vehicle collisions also cause 18-wheeler accidents.
Over the past several years, distracted driving has slowly become a major cause of trucking accidents. With the increase in use of smart phones and tablets, Texas has seen an increase in accidents due to distracted drivers–in passenger vehicles and commercial motor vehicles. Truck drivers are apparently just as distracted as other motorists. A 2010 report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveals that 20% of all trucking accidents are caused by distracted truck drivers. Types of distractions included:
- Cell Phone Use;
- Reaching for a Device;
- Eating or Drinking;
- Smoking or Tobacco Use; and
- Adjusting Controls
If you have been injured by a truck driver, you must hire a truck accident attorney who knows how to pursue the issues surrounding distracted driving. Often times, truck drivers will deny being distracted, but cell phone and texting records, witness interviews, and black box data downloads may prove otherwise. Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, there are sometimes other devices in 18-wheeler tractor cabs that contribute to distraction. Many 18-wheeler tractors contain computers and GPS systems that are used to track driving hours, speed, gas mileage, and provide direction. These devices are another form of distraction that can lead to serious accidents. If you have been in an 18-wheeler accident and would like to speak to an experienced attorney, call the Hill Law Firm today to discuss your rights in our San Antonio offices.