It is no secret that distracted driving is a pervasive issue in America, but most people expect truck drivers to resist the urge. Unfortunately, they are just as likely to succumb to the temptation of their devices as everyone else. The major difference here is that their accidents are far more liable to be catastrophic in nature. Learn more about the prevalence and severity of distracted truck driver accidents, and what your rights may be, with help from the following.
Truck Driver Causes Deadly Crash in Arizona
In 2013, a truck driver moving through Arizona plowed directly into two fire trucks and three police cars that were stopped at the scene of an accident. One officer was fatally injured in that crash. Footage from his dash cam shows his wallet blocking the view of his face. His cell phone records allegedly showed him on Facebook at the time of the crash. He was charged with 20 felony charges after that accident, including a charge of second-degree murder.
Unfortunately, he is far from the only commercial driver caught using their cellphone while behind the wheel. One driver was talking on his cell phone just before crossing over four lanes of traffic and then crashing. A school bus driver was caught using one hand to drive while using her cell phone. Another bus driver was allegedly caught using not one, but two cell phones, while behind the wheel. They are just examples; there are likely many others that span over the course of several years. Countless accidents, many of which could have or did end in tragedy.
Understanding Your Rights as a Victim
Most states now have cell phone laws that prohibit their use behind the wheel. Further, most trucking companies explicitly prohibit cell phone use while operating their vehicles. The same goes for bus driving employers. All of this adds up to potential compensation for victims who are killed or injured in semi crashes caused by distracted driving. Sadly, though, it usually takes an in-depth investigation to determine if cell phone use caused a crash.
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we assist accident victims and their families through the complex claims process. We help ensure a full investigation is conducted, and we protect the rights of those who have been injured. Learn more about how our Appleton truck accident lawyers can assist with your case by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 920-739-7366 today.