We all know that texting while driving is a dangerous, and sometimes deadly, habit. Most states have taken steps to make the practice against the law, but the statistics on those that text and drive continue to rise. Not only is this dangerous for average motorists, but when drivers of big rigs engage in this behavior the results can be catastrophic. Personal injuries caused by semi-trucks are usually severe, requiring lengthy terms of physical therapy or even surgery to make a full recovery. What this means for those of us that drive consumer automobiles is that special care is needed when driving around trucks. Even when you keep a sharp lookout for trucks, stay back a safe distance, and give them plenty of space to make extra wide turns, an accident might still happen.
Some of the more common, extra dangers that accompany texting while driving for truckers include:
- An increased likelihood that an accident will result in death.
- A higher probability that the truck will jack knife, or roll over. Both of these possibilities will result in severe injuries to not only the trucker, but also any other motorists in the way.
- The time it takes to refocus on driving after sending a text is increased, meaning a trucker will have his eyes of the road for a longer period of time and thus increase the chances of having an accident.
Nearly five years ago CNN outlined the law against truckers texting while driving, but that does not mean all truckers abide by this law. This is true even though the fines for breaking the law are steep. If you have been involved in an accident with a trucker and believe texting while driving played a role, you have several options on how to proceed. In some instances you may be able to bring a claim against the trucking company, and in other cases you might only have the driver to look to for a remedy. We can help by putting the pieces together so they make sense, and then making the appropriate claim against the right party. Call us today to find out what to do if you have been hurt by a big rig.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn more. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.