Distracted Truck Driver Accidents in Chicago
Using A Cellphone Behind The Wheel Puts Everyone At Risk
Distracted drivers cause tens of thousands of accidents every year, but there is an added level of danger when the driver in question is behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle. When truck drivers make the decision to reach for their phone on the road, they dramatically increase the chances that they will cause a crash. Trucks already take longer to come to a complete stop when braking than a typical 3,000-pound passenger car. By taking their eyes off the road, it further decreases the amount of time they have to react to surrounding traffic.
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If you were seriously injured in a crash caused by a distracted truck driver, you deserve the chance to file a lawsuit in order to recover the compensation you need to cover the costs of your medical bills and any other damages you may have incurred. At Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago truck accident attorneys have dedicated their careers to representing injured victims, and have secured more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients since we first opened our doors. Contact us today to discuss your case with a member of our firm so we can help you put together a plan of action that best suits your needs.
Just How Dangerous Is Distracted Driving?
Truck drivers who use their cellphones while driving are as many as 6 times more likely to be involved in what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classifies as a “safety-critical event.” These events include unintentional lane deviation, near-crashes, and crashes. The FMCSA also reports that the average driver looks away from the road for an average of 3.8 seconds every time they check their phone – this means that a distracted driver can cover approximately the length of a football field, or 300 feet while looking down at their phone while traveling at highway speeds.
If a truck driver loses control of their vehicle while blindly driving on the road or if they fail to react in time to an oncoming hazard, they can cause catastrophic damage including:
The FMCSA has restrictions on how and when a truck driver can use their cellphones while behind the wheel, including requiring the use of a hands-free system and restricting drivers to pressing a single button when reading a message and making or receiving a call. However, drivers can choose to ignore these regulations and put everyone on the road at risk. If you were seriously injured in a crash involving a distracted truck driver, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced lawyer who can investigate the applicable law and regulations, the trucking company’s knowledge of the driver’s unsafe driving habits, the actions the driver took leading up to the truck crash, obtaining phone records of the offending driver, etc.
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