The United States Department of Transportation has a federal ban that prohibits commercial truck drivers from texting while driving. If you are involved in a Florida truck accident in which the driver was texting, this is a violation of federal regulations and demonstrates driver negligence.
The law states that commercial drivers, which include bus and truck drivers, may not text while driving a commercial vehicle. Failure to obey could result in civil lawsuits or criminal penalties and fines up to $2,750.
Research has shown that drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get into an accident. A truck driver sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel significantly raises the risk of a serious truck accident. This is especially true when the truck is driving at high speeds, as large trucks need extra time to slow down based on their size and weight, which makes reaction time even more critical.
A truck driver who takes their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, can cause a collision with a much smaller passenger vehicle, which may likely result in fatal injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Florida truck accident because of a negligent or distracted driver, such as a truck driver who was texting while behind the wheel, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your:
- medical bills and treatment (both current and future);
- lost wages (current and future);
- permanent disability;
- pain and suffering;
- mental anguish; and
- other accident-related expenses.
Speaking to a Florida truck accident lawyer can help you determine if you have a viable case as well as determine liability, as truck accidents may have more than one liable party.
Contacting a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer
When it comes to choosing an attorney, you can’t afford to play a game of chance. Picking a Florida truck accident lawyer based on a colorful bus ad or a touching TV commercial won’t necessarily put you in touch with the attorney best suited for your case.
Palm Beach truck accident lawyer Theodore Babbitt has spent years building his practice and growing his network of trusted colleagues and well-respected lawyers. Simply fill out our online form for Florida injury victims, and Mr. Babbitt will personally review your story to see if you have a valid Florida truck accident claim. He will then put you in touch with the attorney best-suited to handle your case. There is no cost to get started – 1-877-751-8087.