According to the U.S. Government’s website for distracted driving, over 3,000 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving in 2011 alone. Distracted drivers may turn their attention away from the road for a variety of reasons, many of which may endanger not only themselves, but other drivers, passengers and pedestrians as well. Those operating large, commercial vehicles may be at a higher risk for causing destruction if they take their eyes off the road, mainly due to the sheer weight and size of the trucks that they are driving.
If you have been injured in semi truck accidents due to a distracted driver, lawyers can help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Experienced lawyers can help to determine if you have a valid claim and assist you in holding the appropriate parties accountable.
Facebook Causes Distracted Driving Crash
A recent Phoenix, Arizona, accident was allegedly caused by a distracted driver of an empty fuel tanker as he was looking at photos of women on Facebook. He crashed into three police cars and two fire department trucks and killed a public safety officer.
The driver has been charged with second-degree murder and was reportedly driving with cruise control on at 65 miles per hour at the time of the incident. After the crash, the driver allegedly lied to investigators by claiming that he did not see the emergency vehicles ahead because he was watching a passing truck in his mirror. He also claimed that he never uses his phone while driving.
However, information taken from the driver’s phone, including photos of scantily clad women in provocative positions, shows him using Facebook at the alleged time of the crash. Additionally, while driving the vehicle, the driver has allegedly viewed the Internet including YouTube, female escort pages, social network sites and porn sites, according to investigators.
The camera on the driver’s dashboard shows the man’s Samsung Galaxy III flying out of his hand at the time of the crash. According to reports, investigators concluded that, had he not accessed Facebook while operating the truck, the driver would have been able to perceive and process the dangers ahead on the road. He would not have caused the death of the officer, endangered the lives of 11 other emergency responders and destroyed six vehicles.
Distracted Driving Can Lead to Semi Truck Accidents
Distracted driving is considered to be any activity that could sidetrack someone’s attention away from driving or the roadway. All interferences or disruptions endanger passenger, driver and passerby safety and increase the risk of vehicle and semi truck accidents. Common types of distractions include:
- Using a Smartphone or cell phone
- Talking to passengers
- Eating and drinking
- Reading, including maps
- Watching a video
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting a CD player, radio or MP3 player
However, because text message requires manual, visual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming and dangerous distraction. The number of accidents caused by distracted drivers, particularly semi truck accidents, have drastically increased since Smartphones and text messaging have become any everyday activity. Those who have been injured in semi truck accidents may consider working with lawyers to learn more about their legal rights.
Injured Due to Distracted Driving or Involved in Semi Truck Accidents? Experienced Lawyers Can Assist You
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of distracted driving, particularly in semi truck accidents, contact the American Injury Attorney Group with questions about your legal rights or legal action that can be taken. We will evaluate your case at no cost to you and determine if you have a valid claim. We will connect you with experienced lawyers who will handle your distracted driving lawsuit, and help you understand your legal rights. So contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for your free consultation.
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