Dallas Distracted Truck Driver Accident Attorneys
Have you been injured by a truck driver who was guilty of distracted driving? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you received because of their careless driving behavior. Every year, distracted drivers needlessly injure and kill thousands in our country and in Texas. Put a distracted driver behind the wheel of a large commercial truck, and you have an even more dangerous situation on our roads.
What’s truly alarming about distracted truck driving is that truck drivers are required to have more training than the average passenger vehicle driver in order to be licensed. They are also trained in and taught the strict federal guidelines they must follow. Yet, each year distracted truck drivers endanger thousands of innocent Dallas motorists, such as yourself and your loved ones.
The Dallas truck accident attorneys of The Benton Law Firm help thousands of distracted truck driver accident victims every year get the settlement they deserve. We have taken on large insurance companies who refuse to offer a fair and just settlement and filed lawsuits against them. We can do the same for you, fighting for your rights so that you can focus on your recovery.
Truck drivers have an obligation to handle their big rigs in the safest manner possible. That includes paying close attention to the road and to their driving. Texas leads the nation in collisions involving large trucks, and it’s time that innocent people stopped getting injured or killed due to truck driver carelessness. Call the experienced Dallas distracted truck driving accident legal team at (214) 777-7777 today.
Why Hire the Attorneys at The Benton Law Firm
The experienced legal team at The Benton Law Firm has years of experience in dealing with insurance companies that often balk at giving victims such as yourself the settlement you deserve. In truck distracted driving accident cases, you will have to sort out where your compensation should come from. That could be the truck driver’s insurance, or more likely, the trucking company’s insurance.
In some instances, you may need to deal with the truck manufacturer or other drivers in the vicinity or who were involved in the accident if the driver claims they share some responsibility for the accident, such as with a truck defect or other event that turned their attention away from driving. In Texas, those bearing any portion of fault for an accident must share in paying compensation. If you are injured but also share some responsibility, your compensation is reduced by the same percentage of fault attributed to you.
That is why it is important that you do not make any statements to insurance adjusters until you talk to a Dallas distracted driving truck accident attorney. The other parties may try to assign some blame to you just so they can pay out less. You may unknowingly say something that could help their case but hurt yours.
We are also expert evidence collectors. Gathering this information can be tedious in cases involving distracted commercial truck drivers. We may need to review the trucking company’s policies on distracted driving and assess whether they are doing enough to enforce distracted driving rules among their truck drivers. We can look at records and see if the driver or company has past violations. We will get a copy of the accident report and work to track down and interview any witnesses. We may need to review weather reports from the day of the accident, as well.
Once you hire The Benton Law Firm, our compassionate and experienced attorneys will do the fighting for you so you can focus on your recovery. Let us do the evidence-collecting and legwork to build you the strongest possible claim. If settlement negotiations founder, we are prepared to go to trial on your behalf.
Common Causes of Distracted Truck Driver Accidents
Truck drivers can become distracted by the same things as other motorists in passenger vehicles, such as eating, drinking, texting, grooming, or trying to find a destination. With more people ordering items online for home delivery, truck traffic is increasing, and truck drivers are constantly looking for unfamiliar addresses, which means they are becoming more distracted.
Distractions occur both inside and outside the truck and, along with driver inattention, are a leading cause of crashes involving large trucks. Some potential distractions include:
- Texting on a mobile device
- “Texting for Truckers,” or using your dispatching device
- Talking on a cell phone
- Entering GPS data points
- Looking at a map
- Eating and drinking
- Looking at objects outside the vehicle, such as billboards and roadway accidents
While truck drivers are responsible for their own driving behavior and should not allow themselves to become distracted, their employers must also do enough to discourage distracted driving and reward responsible driving.
Some ways trucking companies can help truck drivers free themselves from distractions include:
- Have a strict no cell phone policy or ban them from the truck altogether.
- Install voice-activated, hands-free phones in the trucks.
- Use voice-activated GPS devices.
- Place a lock-out feature on the dispatching device to prevent use while the truck is moving.
- Have strict policies and penalties for eating and drinking in the truck cab.
- Provide frequent training and testing on preventing distracted driving.
The experienced distracted truck driving attorneys at The Benton Law Firm can review the trucking company’s policies and procedures to assess how seriously it takes distracted driving prevention. These companies have a responsibility to keep their drivers’ training up to date and to take advantage of new technology that can increase safety for all motorists by decreasing opportunities and temptations for their truck drivers to drive while distracted.
Texas leads the nation in crashes involving large trucks, and big rigs are not going away from the Dallas area any time soon. Motorists and passengers in smaller vehicles are often seriously injured when they get into crashes with large trucks, and distracted driving is something that truck drivers could easily prevent. Holding them accountable when innocent people like you get injured is one way to make them take this irresponsible behavior seriously.
Don’t Delay – Call Now
Don’t let another day go by while you worry about paying your medical bills, whether you’ll be able to return to work or even do the same job at all. Give the compassionate and experienced attorneys at The Benton Law Firm a call at (214) 777-7777 for your free consultation. We’ll review the facts of your case and discuss the next steps to getting you the compensation you need to put your life back together.