The majority of trucking accidents have roots in driver error. Distraction, fatigue, and even substance abuse all play a role in trucking wrecks. Unfortunately, sometimes trucking companies put their own interests ahead of public safety and disaster results. The truck accident attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP are dedicated to holding negligent truckers and their employers responsible for their actions. If you incurred injury in an accident with a distracted driver, it’s helpful to understand your legal options. Learn if you have the basis for a personal injury claim – and when to contact an attorney.
The U.S. Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving. These activities include but are not limited to:
It’s also important to remember that cell phone use rules vary from state to state. Most states have texting bans, but some place bans on talking on a cell phone and even using a hands-free device.
Truck driving can be mentally and physically exhausting. Though federal regulations set certain time limits for shifts, a commercial vehicle operator may drive for hours on end. Boredom may tempt a semi-truck driver to reach for his or her cellphone as a way to pass the time. Distracted driving can lead to dangerous scenarios, such as:
Victims of trucking accidents often have one question in common: “Who is legally responsible for my injuries?” While a driver error may contribute to the crash, a trucker’s employer is ultimately responsible for the actions of its employees. Trucking companies must follow certain steps to avoid liability, like:
Conducting thorough background checks of their employees. If a company fails to vet an employee and they cause an accident, they may be guilty of negligent hiring.
Personal injury or wrongful death claims provide an important avenue of recourse for victims of distracted driving. A personal injury settlement can help provide compensation for:
If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in an accident involving a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, contact the attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. We have been holding negligent parties responsible for their actions for over 20 years. Let us bring our breadth of experience to your case.
We proudly offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’ll only owe a fee if we win a court judgment or settlement. For information about our legal services or to schedule your free initial consultation today, contact us online or call us at (800) 242-2962.