Distracted driving is the culprit behind an alarming number of car accidents and truck accidents. Engaging in distracting behaviors behind the wheel is always dangerous, but the potential for catastrophic damage increases dramatically when a large, 80,000-pound truck is involved. Sadly, it is the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles that suffer worst in a collision.
If you were injured in a truck accident by a distracted driver, we encourage you to contact Kaufman Law, P.C. as soon as possible. Our accident investigation team is prepared to look into the cause of your accident to determine if driver distraction was a factor in the collision. If we determine that driver error was to blame for the accident, we may be able to help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us to learn more about your legal options – there is no risk or obligation in having us review your potential case, and there are no fees unless we win your case.
Examples of Behind-the-Wheel Distractions
- Making phone calls
- Eating or drinking
- Looking at GPS or paper maps
- Using a dispatching device
FMCSA Distracted Driving Rules for CMVs
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth a number of driver safety rules that commercial truck drivers must abide by. Because distracted driving is a such a huge problem on our nation’s roads and highways, the administration has outlined a special section of rules that specifically address driver distraction. Texting while driving is strictly forbidden for truck drivers. This includes reading or writing text messages, reading or writing an email, instant messaging, searching for a webpage, and other forms of electronic communication. If a truck driver is caught engaging in any of these distractions, they can face steep fines, loss of their license, and civil liability if they cause an accident.
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You should not have to pay for the carelessness of someone else who failed to uphold their duty. Let Kaufman Law, P.C. help you obtain justice in the form of financial compensation. Backed by decades of combined experience, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for accident victims since 1977. We are unafraid of a fight and are prepared to do whatever it takes to help you collect a fair recovery.
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