Indiana Distracted Driving Truck Accident Lawyer
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. If you were injured by a distracted truck driver, Kooi is here to help.
Our Indiana distracted driving truck accident attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience, and as a result of obtaining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, we are proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, an exclusive organization comprised of less than 1% of U.S. attorneys.
Types of Distracted Driving
There are three main types of driver distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive. Anything that takes one’s hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road, or their mind off the primary task of driving, is a form of driver distraction.
Common causes of truck driver distraction:
- Texting while driving
- Eating while driving
- Talking on a cellular phone
- Using a CB radio while driving
- Reading a map
The most alarming form of driver distraction is texting while driving. The NHTSA reports that texting takes one’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 mph blindfolded.
FMCSA Restrictions on Texting & Mobile Devices
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published rules specifically prohibiting truck drivers from doing the following:
- Entering a text
- Reading a text
- Instant messaging
- Using voice commands
The FMCSA restricts truck drivers from reaching or holding a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication, and they cannot dial or press more than a single button. The rule also prohibits unsafe reaching for a device, holding a cell phone, or pressing multiple buttons.
For CMV drivers who dial on a cell phone while driving, the odds of being in a dangerous situation are six times greater than for those who do not. According to the FMCSA, research shows that the odds of being involved in a crash, near-crash, or lane deviation are 23.2 times greater for truck drivers who text while driving, versus those who do not.
Kooi – Millions of Dollars Recovered for Clients
At Kooi, we have been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, and we have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®. We have the experience and professional skills necessary to effectively represent your Indiana personal injury claim.
Contact us to discuss your injuries, we want to help you obtain the compensation you deserve!