Cobb County, GA- Distracted driving is a safety issue for all motorists, but what if that motorist is in control of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer weighing up to 80,000 lbs.? The consequences of distracted driving can be catastrophic if the at-fault driver is in command of a large commercial truck.

Truck drivers spend hours in the cab of their rigs, so it’s no surprise that they will look for something to help them pass the time. They eat, talk on their cell phones and stay in contact with their trucking company while they are behind the wheel.  They must be able to communicate with their trucking companies but some drivers put other lives at risk just to entertain themselves.

For instance, a recent case which garnered national attention involved a truck driver in Arizona who ran into a patrol car investigating the scene of a previous accident. The law enforcement officer was killed instantly. It was later revealed that the truck driver in this incident was looking at Facebook on his smart phone when he caused the accident.

Under federal government regulations, it is illegal for all truck drivers and bus drivers to texting while driving. Disobey this rule and drivers face fines up to $2, 7500 and possible criminal charges. If a truck driver has two or three citations for texting while driving they can have their commercial driver’s license suspended or lose it. Trucking companies, who allow their drivers to text behind the wheel, face fines up to $11,000.

Distracted Driving Statistics for Truck Drivers

A study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed that a driver who texts behind the wheel takes their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. Any vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour can travel far in that 4.6 seconds. A driver may not notice that traffic has stopped in front of them or that someone is making a turn.

Additional FMCSA findings show:

•             Truckers are 5.9 times more likely to cause an accident when they dial a cell phone.

•             Truckers are 6.7 times more likely to cause a truck accident when they reach for a cell phone.

•             Truckers are 8.9 times more likely to cause an accident when they use a dispatch device.

•             Truckers are 7 times more likely to cause an accident when they look at a map.

When a large commercial truck is involved in an accident, the driver or occupants of passenger vehicles are at a higher risk of suffering serious injury or death. Data from the American Truck Association shows that one percent of all truck accidents result in a fatality, that is double the fatality rate of .05 percent for passenger vehicles.

If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted tractor-trailer driver, you need the help of a Cobb County truck accident attorney. A Cobb County attorney, who specializes in truck accidents, have investigative skills which will help them identify which party or parties are liable for your injuries.

A Cobb County truck accident attorney like understands the nature of the victim’s injuries and what the future consequences of those injuries will be. A truck accident attorney won’t let their clients be undersold by trucker, the trucking company or their insurers. Truck accident attorneys are savvy negotiators and will advise the accident victims to what is an acceptable settlement that covers your future and past expenses.