Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States, and Atlanta is no exception to this fact. With constant push notifications, text messages, alerts, and updates coming through our smartphones every moment, there is more distraction in the driver’s seat than there ever has been before. Some phone companies are working to reduce the temptation to use your device while driving, but there is no perfect solution. But what happens when a commercial truck driver, operating a multi-ton rig is distracted? The resulting accident could be catastrophic. Unfortunately, many truck drivers are using their smartphones as a way to break up the monotony of long hauls.
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a truck driver’s distracted driving, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries through a settlement or lawsuit. The team at Cambre & Associates has a lot of experience dealing with truck accident situations and negligent truck drivers, and will be happy to represent you through this process. When you are working with us, you can focus on recovery with the confidence that there is a dedicated truck accident lawyer in Atlanta working on your case for you.
Common Examples of Distracted Driving
When you hear the term “distracted driving,” it is likely that the first thing you think of is texting while driving. Of course, texting while driving is a very common form of distracted driving, but it is not the only thing that has truck drivers paying attention to things other than the road.
Smartphones provide an endless stream of distractions, from texting to email and everything in between. It has been shown that people who text while driving spend a shocking 400% less time looking at the road. Even if professional truck drivers fall below that percentage, anytime their eyes aren’t on the road, it’s a danger to the vehicles around them.
Playing with the radio
Many modern trucks have in-dash computers or designated global positioning systems, which means that simply changing the channel or inputting a destination can require a lot of focus. As a result, drivers will sometimes take their eyes off the road for an extended period of time while adjusting settings.
Earbuds in while driving
Wearing earbuds while driving is not only dangerous, it is often illegal in Georgia. Drivers are allowed to use one earbud for communication purposes, but are never allowed to have both in, and are never allowed to listen to music with them while driving.
Eating and driving
Eating on the go is a way that truckers can make up time after unpredicted delays.There are multiple stops just outside of Atlanta that allow truckers to park their rigs, fuel up, and grab a quick bite. But food is a distraction and it usually requires at least one hand off of the wheel to eat it.
What To Do After an Accident With a Distracted Driver
If you have been involved in an accident with a trucker and you believe that distracted driving was a cause, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We will take the opportunity to discuss the details of your accident, understand the steps you have already taken, and determine an appropriate course of action moving forward. If you have suffered any personal injuries from this crash, it is important that you know your rights as they pertain to a civil lawsuit and seeking damages for your injuries and suffering. Our attorneys have extensive experience with truck accident law in Atlanta, GA and we want to hear your case.