Truck drivers already face increased risk of accident to begin with. Those truck drivers carrying dangerous cargo loads may be responsible for even more significant accidents if the cargo spilled out on to the roadway in a vehicle crash. When this happens, conducting a thorough investigation of the accident scene with the help of a knowledgeable trucking accident personal injury lawyer is strongly recommended. There are serious rules in place that effect vast majority of the trucking industry but the ones related to texting and driving are especially important.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published new rules that ban texting and driving and the use of a handheld mobile phone by a truck driver while he or she is operating a commercial motor vehicle. According to research from the government, those truck drivers who text while driving face 23 times higher risks of a serious accident than those who are not engaged in any type of texting activity. The average time for which a truck driver’s attention was pulled away from the road was 4.6 seconds which, at traveling at 55 mph, can cover the same length of a football field without the driver ever looking at the roadway.
There are fines associated with drivers who engage in this behavior but what may be more important for the victim of such an accident is the fact that you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney who can complete an evaluation of the scene of the accident and tell you more about your rights is strongly recommended. Trucking accidents tend to lead to catastrophic injuries or fatalities and having a lawyer who is eligible to step in quickly and consult with expert witnesses, evaluate your evidence, reconstruct the scene of the accident, and more can make a big difference in your ability to recover compensation with the help of an attorney. Do not hesitate to take action as you have a limited period of time in which you are eligible to file a legal claim.