Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Distracted driving is especially dangerous when done by commercial truck drivers. These individuals are operating very large and heavy trucks that can quickly become deadly battering rams when operated while distracted. Distracted driving comes in a wide variety of forms, but in every case, the distraction from the road can have catastrophic consequences for innocent drivers and passengers.
If you or someone you care about was injured in a truck accident in Atlanta, Georgia or the surrounding areas, experienced personal injury attorney John D. Hadden is here to help. You deserve to have your rights protected.
Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
John D. Hadden focuses his practice on representing accident victims to ensure they get the best representation possible. He handles personal injury cases all around the state of Georgia, protecting the rights of victims. He has many years of experience handling catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. His extensive trial experience is put to use for every client in order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Distracted Driving by Georgia Truck Drivers
Distracted driving by truck drivers is a common and dangerous problem on Georgia roads and highways. Distracted driving continues to become a more prevalent problem, especially with the increased and easy access to smart devices such as phones, tablets, and more. We live in an "always-on" culture where we need constant stimulation from multiple devices, no longer content with simply listening to the radio.
Types of distracted driving by commercial truck drivers include, but is not limited to:
- Talking on the telephone (even when on a hands-free device)
- Checking a notification on a smartwatch
- Fiddling with the radio controls
- Reaching for objects in the passenger seat
- Eating or drinking
- Watching videos on a smart device (Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, etc.)
- Playing video games
- Talking to passengers
- Billboards or other advertisements
- Looking at other accidents on the road or police lights
- Grabbing sunglasses or adjusting the visor
- Swatting at a fly or other insect
The possible examples of distracted driving are endless. Any action that causes the driver to take his or her eyes off the road, or even to have to split his or her concentration while driving is considered distracted driving. When a driver is distracted, he or she is much more likely to miss important things while driving, and can easily be the cause of a very serious motor vehicle accident.
Distracted Truck Driving Statistics
A 2009 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that up to 71 percent of large truck crashes occurred when the driver was doing something other than paying attention to the road. The same organization found that driver inattention was the leading factor in crashes and near-crashes in the United States. External distractions outside of the cab of the truck contributed to around 11,000 truck crashes nationwide over a period of just a few years.
When a distracted driver is the cause of your accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for financial compensation.
Compensation for Distracted Driving Injuries
Serious injuries can result due to the distracted driving of a commercial truck driver. When these injuries occur, the medical bills, time lost from work, and other costs can quickly pile up. You may feel desperate and be unable to pay for everything. You shouldn't have to. It is the responsibility of the distracted truck driver and their employer to pay for your injuries since they were not your fault.
After your successful personal injury lawsuit, you can be compensated with, but not limited to, the following types of damages:
- past medical bills
- future medical costs
- costs of rehabilitation
- loss of time off work
- lost future earning capacity
- pain and suffering
- loss of consortium
- disfigurement damages
- punitive damages (in some cases)
With the help of a highly experienced personal injury attorney, you can fight to win the financial compensation you deserve. It should be the responsibility of the party that caused the injury to pay for your injuries, not you.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta Trucking Accident Attorney
Truck accidents caused by distracted drivers can lead to catastrophic injury or death. When this is the case, you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.
Contact experienced Atlanta, Georgia trucking accident attorney John D. Hadden at the Hadden Law Firm today for a consultation.