It is no secret that driving while distracted poses grave dangers for road users and pedestrians. Yet too many drivers ignore the obvious dangers of using mobile devices while behind the wheel. Every year, thousands of people lose their lives in accidents involving distracted drivers. No one should ever give focus to texts or calls while operating a motor vehicle, and this is especially true for truck drivers.
A big rig truck is a cumbersome vehicle to operate in the best of circumstances. It simply takes more time and effort to successfully maneuver and stop a truck. This means that a truck driver has less chance of steering clear of sudden danger; the kind of danger that can occur when not paying attention to the road.
The month of April is dedicated to raising public awareness of the hazards created by distracted driving. As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Texas Department of Transportation is promoting an education campaign called “Talk, Text, Crash.” This succinct moniker is aimed at reminding motorists to stow the phone while driving.
One hopes the efforts of TXDOT will ultimately help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries attributable to distracted driving. Unfortunately, we may never totally eliminate such accidents.
Truck drivers have a duty of care to refrain from using mobile devices in an unsafe manner while driving. But if you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident that you suspect was caused by distracted driving on behalf of the truck’s operator, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you prove your suspicions.
An attorney can conduct a thorough accident investigation, which includes collecting evidence showing the driver’s texting and cell phone activity during or near the time of the accident. The attorney can also analyze other aspects of the accident to demonstrate liability.