The Impact of Electronic Device Distraction on Truck Accidents and Safety
Distracted driving is a leading cause of preventable auto accidents — crashes that can prove catastrophic when a large commercial truck is involved. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident due to electronic device distraction, a truck accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Pius Joseph can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence.
Using Electronic Device While Driving Trucks
Truck drivers who use cell phones or electronic devices behind the wheel put other motorists at risk. That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prohibits truck drivers from texting while driving and restricts their cell phone use to using an earpiece or speaker phone function. Drivers can use voice activation or a one-button touch feature to call, answer, or terminate a call. These regulations allow truck drivers to use their phones for calls but with minimal tapping on their phones so they can keep their eyes on the road.
Statistics for Accidents Caused by Electronic Device Distraction
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that cell phone use is the biggest source of distraction for California drivers. Using electronic devices while driving affects a driver’s reaction time, with potentially deadly consequences. In a recent year, CHP officers issued over 57,000 citations for cell phone violations, and distracted driving caused 96 deaths and 9,733 injuries in California alone. Unfortunately, deaths from distracted driving continue to trend upward in California and around the United States.
What to Do After a Pasadena Truck Accident Due to Distracted Driving
The actions you take at the scene of an accident can be critical to the strength of a future personal injury claim.
If you do not need emergency medical assistance, you can start to gather evidence at the accident scene. You should:
- Call 911 to bring police and paramedics to the crash scene.
- Take pictures of the vehicles involved in the truck accident, any traffic signs and signals, and your injuries.
- Gather insurance information from the truck driver and anyone else involved in the collision.
- Speak to eyewitnesses and get their contact information.
- Consult a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Your attorney must prove that the truck driver used their cell phone to establish fault. They can obtain this evidence by recovering cell phone records and video footage from the truck’s cab camera, if available.
Why Choose the Law Office of Pius Joseph for Your Pasadena Truck Accident Case?
The legal team with the Law Offices of Pius Joseph has extensive experience handling truck accident cases. We will manage all aspects of your personal injury claim, from the initial investigation to settlement negotiations and all the way to trial if necessary. We work hard to develop tailored legal strategies for victims of distracted truck driving accidents. When you hire our firm, you can expect comprehensive support and solid legal advocacy when you need it most.
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