Distracted driving is a problem in North Carolina and across the country. As more drivers than ever before have access to in-car technology and smartphones, distraction is increasingly common. It is a constant threat to the safety of every driver and passenger on the road.
Drivers of all ages and experience are susceptible to distracted driving, and truckers are no exception. In fact, distraction is quite common for truck drivers, and unfortunately, this decision can have devastating consequences. If you were hurt in an accident involving a semi truck, it is possible that a distracted truck driver is to blame.
Distractions common to truck drivers
Phone use and texting are the most common types of distracted driving, but for truck drivers, there are other distractions that can take their attention and cause accidents, including the following:
- Adjusting the radio
- Using a CB radio
- Looking at a map
- Adjusting a GPS system
- Reaching for an object in the truck
- Adjusting electronic instruments
Due to the size and weight of a semi truck, even a low-speed impact can have significant consequences. Truck drivers who are caught texting or engaging in dangerous behaviors while driving may face fines and possible removal from the job.
Any time a trucker's mental, physical or visual focus is not fully centered on safe driving, innocent motorists like you can suffer. Fortunately, with the right help, it is possible to hold these truckers accountable for their actions and secure compensation for your injuries and financial losses. The trucker, truck owner or trucking company could be named as liable parties in a civil claim.
How can you know if you have a valid civil claim?
Recognizing the signs of distracted driving is an important step in deciding if you have a valid claim. These indicators may include:
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Driving at erratic speeds
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Driving through intersections
A close investigation of your accident will determine if you have a case, and evidence such as phone records, electronic data from the truck and witness accounts can validate your claim.
Nothing can undo what you have suffered as the result of a truck accident, but you do have rights and options. The best way to fully understand the legal options available is through a case evaluation with an experienced attorney. If you are a victim of a distracted truck driver, you should not wait to get the help you deserve.