Cell phone use has led to a safety problem on our highways: Distracted driving. Even highly trained and strictly regulated commercial truck drivers can give into the temptation of talking on cell phones or texting while driving their 10,000-pound 18-wheelers. It is a dangerous trend.
But legislation is starting to catch up. After research showed that dialing a cell phone – even reaching for a phone – increases the odds of a truck driver being involved in a wreck, the U.S. Department of Transportation has barred truck drivers from using handheld mobile devices while driving.
Unfortunately, truck drivers are ignore this rule and while distracted by talking on cell phones are still causing accidents, injuries, and deaths. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident involving the driver of a tractor trailer, you may have a right to recover money for your losses.
The Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers of Munley Law represent tractor trailer accident victims across the Northeast. We can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Distracted Driving Accidents on the Rise
Distracted driving legislation has been evolving in the state and federal levels for the past few years. With technology progressing, it’s now possible to video chat to friend, surf the web, post on social media, email work, and watch videos through our cell phones. And that makes it much easier for drivers to be distracted.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver in 2012. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration states that commercial truck drivers could receive penalties of up to $2,750 and lose their driver qualification if caught texting and driving. But the lure of technology can be too great, especially to drivers who are far from home.
Our Distracted Driving Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
The distracted driving truck accident lawyers of Munley Law are here to help. When someone is injured or killed in a tractor trailer wreck caused by negligence or recklessness, we believe the responsible party or parties should be held accountable. This may include the truck driver and the company that employs the driver. It may include any other driver, person or entity who contributed to the accident.
Our trucking accident attorneys have dealt with trucking firms and their insurance companies in Pennsylvania and across the Northeast for more than 50 years. When negotiations fail to achieve proper results for victims, we’re willing to go to court with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for truck wreck victims, including multimillion-dollar cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large truck whose driver was distracted while driving, you may have a right to recover money for your medical expenses and other losses. The Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers of Munley Law represent tractor-trailer accident victims throughout the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Contact us now for a free consultation.