Distracted Driving Truck Accidents
Distracted Driving is an epidemic across the country. While many people initially think teens and young drivers are more apt to drive while distracted, that’s isn’t necessarily true. People of all ages drive distracted, putting the rest of us at risk every time we get behind the wheel. This danger is even greater when someone is driving distracted while behind the wheel of a truck.What is Distracted Driving?
While most people think of distracted driving as texting while driving, that isn’t necessarily the case. There are countless things that can cause a driver to be distracted. These include:
- Using a Cell Phone;
- Talking on the Phone;
- Flipping through radio stations;
- Eating or drinking;
- Putting on makeup; or
- Reading a book.
The list goes on and on. Even though there are countless ways for someone to drive distracted, what they all have in common is these acts cause drivers to stop paying attention to the road.Truck Drivers are Set up to Fail
Truck drivers can drive distracted in the same ways as any other type of driver. However, they are at a much greater risk because they’re trying to work at the same time. All this is compounded by the fact that the companies employing these truck drivers put unreasonable time limits and expectations on their employees. So, a truck driver is often trying to find directions while driving. They often don’t get lunch breaks, so they’re trying to eat their lunch on the way.
It doesn’t matter if a truck driver is looking down to read directions or to organize delivery paperwork. All it takes is an instant for a normal day to turn into a tragic one. It also doesn’t matter whether the truck accident happened on the highway or a residential neighborhood street. Trucks are usually large enough where they often cause significant injury even at low speeds. At high speeds, truck accidents can be fatal.Truck Accidents Cause Major Injuries
Whether you’ve been hit by a box truck, garbage truck, or tractor trailer, odds are good that you’ll be traveling in a smaller vehicle Even if you have an SUV or pickup truck, it’s likely a fraction of the size of a truck. Unfortunately, this disparity leads to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents that cause serious injuries.
Some of the most common types of injuries we see in truck accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions;
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Injuries to the Neck and/or Back
- Herniated Discs
If you’ve been injured by a large truck, you’ll need an experienced attorney to guide you through the process.Making an insurance claim is a complicated process. There are multiple insurance companies, and with that come many ways that getting fair compensation can be delayed.
In addition to dealing with the insurance companies, you’re also balancing an injury that may have kept you out of work. Just as you need to pay medical bills, you may lose your paycheck.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we deal with these issues on a daily basis. We lend our expertise to your case and try to take as much as we can off your plate. You have enough to worry about without having to navigate an insurance system that was set up to be difficult for you.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, call the experienced attorneys at Marcotte Law Firm for a free consultation.