Everyone knows that texting while you drive is illegal. Despite this, there are many people from teens to adults who still text, check their emails and use their smartphones while they drive.
Combining texting with driving a commercial vehicle has the potential to cause serious accidents and even to kill those involved. A commercial vehicle is heavy and more difficult to control than a passenger vehicle. Additionally, they require more time to speed up and slow down along with more room to make turns. A driver who is distracted could make a mistake that costs someone else his or her life.
In America, there are nine people who are killed each day due to accidents involving eating, texting or using a cellphone. In fact, 33 percent of American drivers between 18 and 64 have admitted to texting or reading a text behind the wheel in the last month.
In 2013, 341,000 crashes took place because of texting alone. What's so sad about this is that these accidents could have been avoided completely. The people who suffered injuries or died may have been spared. Texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel increases a driver's risk of being involved in an accident by four times, which is a significant increase in risk.
There is no reason for a truck driver to text behind the wheel. It's illegal, and it puts your life in danger. If you've been hit by a truck driver who was using his or her cellphone behind the wheel, you may be able to seek compensation for his or her negligent actions. Your attorney can help you file your claim while you focus on your recovery.