Escambia County, FL- You hear a lot about distracted driving these days and with good reason since it contributes to nearly one-third of fatal car crashes in the U.S. But it isn’t just passenger vehicle motorists who allow themselves to take their eyes and mind off of the road, truck drivers, too, drive distracted. A choice that puts other motorists in danger.
Distracted driving is not a new problem, but it is becoming a much larger problem that continues to get grow. That is true for all motorists and includes a range of behaviors from eating and drinking, fooling with stereos and music players and even reading. But, by far, cell phones are the biggest distraction for all motorists and a grave danger on the roads.
Truck drivers may secretly think they don’t need to heed the dangers of safety advocates and federal agencies. They don’t think they will become a statistic and even though a truck driver may not be involved in an accident the first time they read a text or check their email, the time will come.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a truck driver is:
5.9 times more likely to cause an accident while dialing a cell phone.
6.7 times more likely to cause a truck accident just by reaching for a cell phone.
8.9 times more likely to cause an accident while using a dispatch device.
7 times more likely to cause an accident while looking at a map.
Federal trucking regulations forbids drivers from sending a text or using a hand-held device while driving. Violation of this rule carries fines up to $2,750 and a possible traffic citation. If driver is caught using a cell phone two or more times while driving a commercial truck they could lose their commercial driver’s license temporarily or have it revoked. Trucking companies can also be held accountable and could face fined up to $11,000 if one of their drivers is caught using a cell phone while driving.
Each year, nearly 5,000 people are killed and thousands injured in truck accidents each year. That is far too many people who know first-hand the pain, suffering and financial burdens a major truck accident can cause. Luckily for those victims, the can enlist the services of a truck accident lawyer in Florida to help them secure a fair settlement for all the costs they face because of their accident.
At USAttorneys we have a team of truck accident lawyers in Florida who have the experience and knowledge necessary to get you and your loved ones all the compensation you deserve for a distracted driving truck accident. You can count on our team to work hard on your case, so you never have to worry about anything other than their recovery. If you live in Escambia County or nearby, we can connect you with lawyer today to talk about your case and explain what you need to do next.