Distracted driving is a dangerous habit for all motorists, as they have the potential to cause serious car accidents. With drivers of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles, distractions can result in more severe or even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one were in an accident with a distracted truck driver, you deserve justice as well as financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Bart Durham Injury Law in Nashville is the law firm to turn to for legal help following an accident involving a truck or other commercial vehicle. Since 1975, our lawyers have handled more than 5,000 personal injury cases for clients throughout Tennessee. Put our attorneys’ 75 combined years of experience to work for you. We can help you to obtain the maximum amount you need for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Distracted Driving In Commercial Vehicles
In the interest of public safety, truck drivers are required to adhere to specific regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes operating the vehicle free of activities that can take a driver’s attention away from the road.
Despite these regulations, a 2009 FMCSA study found that 71 percent of truck and large vehicle accidents were caused by driver distractions.
This includes the following activities:
- Texting, dialing or other cellphone use
- Talking on a phone or CB radio
- Use of a dispatching device
- Use of navigational equipment
- Writing or looking at printed directions
- Looking at printed maps
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Reaching for an object in the vehicle