Being in an accident with a truck can be especially harmful given the significant difference in the size, weight, and height of trucks as compared to traditional motor vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that in 2018, there were some 499,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks, of which 4,415 were fatal crashes and 107,000 involved injuries. Given the significant dangers associated with accidents with trucks, it is essential and required that truck drivers invest sufficient attention and energy in their driving to be focused and responsible.
This is not always the case. When drivers are distracted, they may be breaking the law and generally are liable for the damages they cause in any related accidents. Read on to learn how passengers in a truck can be dangerous and how if the truck driver was distracted, you might be entitled to damages, and a lawyer can help.
Distracted Driving is Illegal and Makes a Driver Liable for Damages Caused
Distracted driving is an increasingly dangerous activity that is impacting the lives of more and more Americans each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any driving in which the driver is engaging in any activity that diverts their attention from driving. Distracted driving activities include talking or texting on a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, playing with the entertainment or navigation system of the vehicle, and also talking to people in the vehicle.
When the attention of the driver is taken away from the road, they are no longer able to engage in safe driving and are engaging in the activity known as distracted driving. Distracted driving is generally against the law in your area, and if you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced local attorney will know how to apply the law to your facts to achieve the best outcome in your truck accident case.
Passengers and Other Distractions Can Make Truck Drivers Liable for the Accident
When you’ve been through an accident, your immediate concerns afterward will be with handling any health-related issues you might have as a result of the accident and also repairing your vehicle. When another driver involved in the accident was breaking the law by engaging in unsafe driving, whether due to distracted driving from passengers in the truck or drug or alcohol use, the driver is not being responsible.
Irresponsible drivers are liable for the damage that they cause in accidents, and you might be entitled to damages. Knowing how to determine what the other driver was doing in the moments leading up to the accident, however, can be difficult or even impossible. You cannot look into the truck driver’s vehicle in the past to know if they were chatting with a passenger and not paying attention or not. An experienced attorney on your case will know what questions to ask and how to help you seek the best recovery possible on your injuries.
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