The Ever-Increasing Dangers of Distracted Driving in Kentucky
Tough Kentucky attorneys protect you when truck driver distraction causes severe injury or death
Distracted driving is a leading cause of truck accidents. According to the AAA Foundation, distracted driving is a factor in close to one in five fatal crashes – killing 5,000 people each year. Driver distraction includes more than just the time the driver is focused on another task. It also includes the time it takes the driver to recover from the task and refocus on the road. Just one second of lost concentration for a truck traveling 60mph means 88 feet of travel without the driver’s eyes on the road. 25 seconds playing with the radio or texting while driving means a truck driver is not watching the road for almost a half a mile.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky distracted truck driving accident lawyers understand how dangerous distracted driving is. Our legal team works aggressively to determine the exact cause of the distraction so we can prove the driver was responsible. Our lawyers are also skilled at showing that the owners of the truck and the trucking companies had been negligent by failing to educate or supervise their drivers. Our attorneys have a strong track record of success in truck accident cases and have obtained substantial jury verdicts and settlements. Crandall & Pera Law represents clients across Kentucky, including in Louisville and Lexington.
The dangers of truck driver distraction
Trucks are more likely to cause serious injuries or deaths because of their size and weight. Truck drivers are also more likely to become distracted than car drivers because they travel long distances for long hours. Distractions are a way—a dangerous way—of relieving the boredom.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is aware of the dangers of distracted driving. That is why they have strict rules for driving commercial vehicles. These rules include the requirement that truck drivers refrain from texting while driving. Texting includes typing information into a smartphone or technical device and also reading text from the smartphone or device. These rules apply to trucking companies as well as the driver. Driver safety demands that drivers be prepared before they begin their trip, so they do not have to communicate back and forth with the trucking company during the trip. Drivers should understand that they should stop and then call their company without any risk to other trucks and cars.
Our Kentucky distracted truck driver attorneys use violations of any federal or Kentucky traffic laws—including laws on texting while driving or driver distraction—to help prove a client’s injuries were caused by someone else. We may even argue that the violation of the law entitles our client to punitive damages.
How driver distraction occurs
Drivers can become distracted in many ways. Any type of distraction means the driver is not fully concentrated on the road around him/her. This means the driver cannot react to emergencies, runs the risk of speeding, or the likelihood of running through stop signs or traffic lights. Driver distraction means the driver’s eyes are not on the road, and the driver’s hands are not fully on the steering wheel. Some of the more common types of driver distraction include:
- Texting while driving
- Speaking on a cellphone
- Talking on a CB or a smartphone
- Looking at a map or a GPS device
- Eating food or drinking a beverage
- Reading a newspaper, computer, or any written material
- Brushing one’s hair or fixing one’s face
- Adjusting the radio station or the CD player
- Watching a CD or DVD
- Lighting up a pipe or tobacco product
Contact a Kentucky truck accident lawyer as soon as possible
Delay can hurt a client’s case because it makes it more difficult to prove that the driver was distracted. The memories of witnesses can fade. The records on phones and devices may be erased. Truck drivers should never let a distraction occur. Public safety must always come first. Our Kentucky truck accident lawyers fight to get victims of these inexcusable acts of negligence all the money they deserve. We demand compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you were injured or a loved one was killed, please call for a free consultation at 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form. Our offices are located in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky.