Houston, TX- Recent research indicates that distracted driving is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident, yet, despite these facts, many motorists still text, talk on the phone
The accident occurred last Friday night, September 26th, on I-35 just outside Davis, Oklahoma. CBS Houston reported that a tractor-trailer crossed the center median into the southbound lanes where it struck a bus on the driver side.
After hitting the bus, the tractor-trailer continued traveling an additional 300 feet, crossing all southbound lanes and crashing into trees on the side of the highway. Police said the truck followed a straight path throughout the accident.
The bus was carrying fifteen members of the North Central Texas County Community College women’s softball team. The impact of the crash killed four of the women and injured twelve others, some seriously.
The truck driver, Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas denied falling asleep, but did tell police he was distracted by something, which police would not elaborate on, CBS reported.
“He (Staley) said he was distracted by something in the cabin,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton reportedly said.
The trucking company Stayle works for has a good history with few violations on their record, according to CBS.
After a preliminary investigation, federal authorities say there is no evidence to indicate that Staley even attempted to brake or avoid the collision. It will take weeks for the feds to conclude their investigation, until then we don’t know the cause of the accident.
All motorists are guilty of driving while distracted and the consequences can be disastrous regardless of the vehicle type. However, tractor-trailers, because they are so very large and heavy tend be more destructive for property and people alike so they are held to a higher standard that passenger vehicle motorists.
Today, the primary cause of distracted driving is texting and talking on the phone.
Under federal regulations, it is illegal for a truck or bus driver to text while driving, an infraction that carries a $2,750 fine and possible criminal charges. Charged with two and three citations for texting and driving, a trucker can have their commercial driver’s license suspended.
A trucking company also faces consequences, if they allow their drivers to text behind the wheel face fines of up to $11,000.
Injuries from truck accidents are often more severe, debilitating and costly. Victims are typically saddled with exorbitant medical bills and other related expenses so they need a Houston accident attorney such as Troy M. Moore, PLLC to discuss your options for obtaining a personal injury settlement. They will examine the facts of your case and help you make an informed decision about your injury claim.
A Texas truck accident attorney understands the value of their client’s injuries and will use their skills to get the very best settlement. They understand how important it is for you to wins so they will be devoted to your case.