If a truck driver caused your accident, it may have been because he was distracted. Was he engaging in any of these unsafe distracted driving practices?

Distracted Truck Drivers Cause Truck Accidents in Washington State

Distracted driving causes accidents no matter who the driver is, but when the driver is behind the wheel of a semi-truck, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, this is a serious risk for truck drivers, who drive for long hours without a break—sometimes in violation of federal hours of service regulations. Victims of these tragic wrecks often suffer life-altering injuries or are killed. If you or a loved one was injured in a semi-truck crash, our skilled attorneys can investigate to find out if driver distraction was the cause of your injuries.

Federal Regulations Ban Truck Driver Cellphone Use

Texting and cellphone use while driving are some of the most dangerous distracted driving practices a truck driver can engage in. A trucker is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash, near-crash, or lane departure when texting. Under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, truckers are prohibited from doing the following:

  • Sending or reading texts or emails
  • Holding a cellphone or other handheld device to make or receive calls
  • Accessing the Internet

The penalties for violating this rule can include a $2,750 fine and driver disqualification for multiple violations. A trucking company could be fined up to $11,000 for requiring or condoning cellphone usage.

Other Common Types of Distracted Driving

There are a number of other ways that truck drivers can be distracted while driving. These include the following:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Fiddling with instrument controls
  • Using a GPS
  • Reading a map
  • Looking at objects outside the truck
  • Using a dispatch device
  • Talking to a co-driver or other passenger
  • Watching a movie or video
  • Daydreaming

Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney for Help Today

Were you or a loved one injured in a distracted driving truck accident? You need to contact an experienced truck accident attorney who understands the special federal and Washington state regulations that may have been violated by the truck driver and trucking company. He will also be able to obtain the evidence you need, such as cellphone records, in-cab video footage, surveillance tapes, and eye witness statements, to prove that distracted driving caused your collision. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation to learn how we will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.