Cell Phones and Other Truck Driver Distraction
The research shows that engaging in any other activity while driving increases the chances of an injury accident. When a truck driver's attention is divided, it is the lives of other motorists that are most endangered.
No truck driver is going to admit to inattentive or distracted driving. The attorneys of Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., have the experience and the network of professionals to uncover the truth. We have won compensation for many clients by demonstrating driver negligence in tractor-trailer crashes and other commercial vehicle accidents.
Call us immediately at 816-421-6868 if you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident. We offer a free consultation, serving the greater Kansas City area in Missouri and Kansas.
Kansas City Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Any activity that takes your eyes off the road for even a moment — changing the radio station, glancing at a map, unwrapping a sandwich — increases the risk of an accident. But talking or texting on a cell phone are two of the most dangerous distractions.
- A study of over-the-road truckers by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truck drivers who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to have an accident. On average, their eyes were looking away from the road for five seconds at a time when sending or receiving text messages.
- Dialing or talking on a cell phone — even a hands-free device — makes a driver four times more likely to be in a crash with injuries, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Using a handheld device while driving affects reaction time the same as a blood-alcohol content of .08 ("legally drunk"), according to University of Utah researchers.
- Inattentive driving is a factor in 25 percent of all motor vehicle accidents says the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration.
Proving Texting While Driving and Other Distractions
The "black box" data recorder on a tractor-trailer provides valuable information about the driver's speed and braking prior to impact. Our accident reconstruction experts compare this information with skid marks and other evidence at the crash scene to piece together fault. Witness statements can be very powerful evidence, and we can subpoena the driver's cell phone records to prove that he or she was on the phone or texting while operating the truck.
Once presented with a solid case for liability, the trucking company and insurance carrier are more likely to negotiate a good settlement. For a catastrophic injury or wrongful death, we use many professionals to calculate appropriate damages for future medicals, lost income and the pain and suffering of our client.
Our experienced injury lawyers are committed to maximizing your compensation. Contact us as soon as possible so we can investigate. We offer a free consultation and there are no attorney fees unless we recover money for you.