Can Distracted Driving Cause Accidents?
Yes, it certainly can. A big rig driven by a distracted driver is a lethal weapon. Driver distraction is a frequently cited factor in accidents involving large trucks. Researchers at Virginia Tech found that truck drivers who send text messages are about 23 times more likely to get into an accident or a near-miss than drivers who keep their eyes on the road.
To reduce accidents caused by driver distraction, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now prohibits truck and bus drivers from texting with any handheld cell phone or other device that takes the drivers' eyes off the road. Truck or bus drivers who violate the regulation are subject to a penalty of up to $2,750. If you were seriously injured in an accident in which a truck driver was cited for distracted driving, you have a legal right to seek compensation for your injuries. You need to talk to an experienced lawyer at Arnold & Itkin LLP to review your legal options.