Like any other driver, truck drivers often become distracted while on the road. Whether they are looking down to send a text or eating behind the wheel, truck drivers can cause serious accidents when they are distracted. Because they are larger and heavier than nearly any other type of vehicle, trucks cause extensive damage when they collide with other vehicles and objects. Sadly, motorists in passenger vehicles tend to suffer the majority of injuries in truck accidents.
If you were involved in a truck accident caused by a distracted truck driver, Monge & Associates can help. Led by Scott Monge, The Georgia Hammer, our legal team knows how to aggressively fight for—and win—compensation on behalf of injured victims. Since our founding in 1993, our firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We guarantee a bigger settlement offer than you had before hiring us, and we offer all of our services on a contingency-fee basis, meaning there is no upfront costs and no risks for you.
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Examples of Distracted Driving
Truck drivers often drive very long distances. Because of this, they often try to multitask on the road. However, at highway speeds of about 55 mph, a truck will travel approximately the length of a football field in a matter of seconds. When truck drivers remove their eyes from the road—even for very short amounts of time—they can cause major accidents.
A truck driver is driving distracted if he/she does any of the following while operating a vehicle:
- Talks on a cellphone
- Reads or sends a text message
- Eats or drinks
- Uses a dispatch device
- Watches or records a video
- Looks down to change the radio/audio
- Glances away from the road to look at a map
- Daydreams or loses focus
- “Rubbernecks” or looks at a roadside incident/accident
- Reaches for an object in the vehicle
Truck drivers must pay constant attention to the road ahead and changing traffic conditions, as it takes much longer to stop a large vehicle than a smaller car or motorcycle. If a driver is distracted even for a moment, he may fail to notice that the cars ahead of him have stopped and is likely to cause an accident.
Common Distracted Driving Truck Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, truck accidents tend to result in severe, life-altering injuries and deaths. Often, a distracted truck driver does not have time to make the necessary evasive maneuvers immediately prior to a collision. This tends to result in a higher risk of catastrophic injury and fatality.
Individuals involved in truck accidents caused by distracted truck drivers often suffer:
- Severe cuts, burns, bruises, and lacerations
- Broken bones and multiple fractures
- Accidental amputations
- Internal organ and tissue damage
- Herniated disc injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
These types of injuries require extensive, ongoing medical care and lifelong treatment. If your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you will be left dealing with his or her medical bills, funeral costs, and the immeasurable pain of losing someone you care about. At Monge & Associates, we believe that you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence.
Contact our Atlanta truck accident attorneys at (800) 860-8021 for a complimentary case evaluation today. We assist clients throughout the state of Georgia and beyond.