Texting & Truck Accidents
Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyers
Drivers of trucks, buses, and tractor-trailers can no longer text while
driving. The Department of Transportation has enacted a law prohibiting
texting for trucks and buses in an attempt to curb distracted driving
and improve highway safety. The law carries stiff penalties for noncompliance.
Truck and bus drivers who are caught texting while driving may face civil
or criminal penalties which include a $2,750 fine. So far, the new law
has generated support from the general population and the trucking industry.
If you or a loved on suffered in a truck accident, you may be entitled
to financial compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C., we believe that negligent
truck drivers should be held responsible for their actions. If you suspect
that your injury was caused by a distracted driver, it is imperative that
you find an aggressive lawyer to represent your case today.
The Dangers of Texting while Driving
As we become increasingly reliant on hand-held electronic devices in our
daily lives, distracted driving has emerged as one of the leading causes
of auto and
truck accidents on our nation's roads. Research from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration indicates that texting while driving increases a driver's
likelihood of causing an accident by 20 times. According to the study
by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers take their
eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 out of every six seconds while
texting. When driving 55 mph, this equates to driving the length of a
football field without looking at the road.
Furthermore, texting while driving often results in other unsafe driving
practices, such as drivers steering with their knees in order to free
up their hands to text. The end result is a much greater likelihood of
an accident. Any form of driver distraction is dangerous, but texting
is especially risky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), texting increases the likelihood of a wreck because
it takes the driver's mind, eyes, and hands away from operating the
vehicle. Other distractions, such as eating behind the wheel, only take
the driver's hands away from the wheel – instead of his/her
eyes and mental focus.
Truck Accident Representation in Washington, DC
If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident caused by a distracted
driver, the Washington, DC truck accident lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman,
Cammarata & Siegel can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have handled many truck accident claims, and we have a strong
grasp on both local and federal trucking laws. Over the years, we have
earned several multi-million dollar truck accident settlements for injured
victims, helping them move on with their lives. Please
contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our Washington,
DC personal injury lawyers.