Close your eyes and count to five. Did you know that’s how long the average driver takes their eyes off the road to send or receive a text message? In that amount of time, a driver will usually travel the distance of a football field, including the end zones. Anyone would agree that driving a vehicle unattended for that long is absolutely reckless. Imagine that scenario, but with a semi-truck driver. That seems so dangerous that no one would do it, but it does happen—often, which results in many truck accidents across Arizona.
January 26, 2010, the United States Department of Transportation banned truckers from sending or receiving text messages while operating their semis. They recognized the dangers of not paying attention to the road and other drivers while operating their heavy vehicles. The Department of Transportation noted that a truck driven by some who is texting is a lethal weapon. The eye-opening results of a study at Virginia Tech showed that a semi-truck driver who texts while driving is 23 times more likely to get into an accident compared to those who pay attention to the roadway.
Regulations, laws, and rules can be made, but the truth is that all of those restrictions are no good unless the drivers cooperate with the law. Many have seen the results of what happens when a driver’s negligence finally catches up to them. Pictures of wrecked semis strewn about a four-lane freeway on their sides with what used to be a vehicle crumpled next to them are proof of the reality of how dangerous and destructive semis can be when the driver does not pay attention. Many fall victim to those imprudent drivers that care more about a text message than their safety and the safety of other drivers.
If you have been a victim of a truck accident in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Goodyear, Glendale or elsewhere in Maricopa County, a truck accident attorney will help you recover compensation for your injuries. For answers to your questions, contact a personal injury lawyer at Hogle Injury Law at (480) 999-0646.
Hogle Injury Law is located in Mesa, Arizona, and handles cases throughout Maricopa County, including Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Buckeye.