As a truck accident lawyer, I continue to see case after case of people being hurt and killed in crashes where the driver who caused the crash was texting or handling a mobile phone while driving. These sort of crashes are all the more deadly when they involve the big 80,000 pound trucks that fill our highways.
Truck Drivers Texting While Driving Caught on Tape
In an investigative video just posted this week, an ABC News affiliate in New York filmed a shocking number of truck drivers sending text messages, dialing phone numbers and using their mobile phones while driving. One driver even was caught on tape using two phones to handle two calls!
Of course, this dangerous behavior is against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules and regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies. Yet as is shown in the ABC News video, many dangerous truck drivers flout these rules — all at great risks to the drivers around them.
Truck Drivers Texting While Driving Are Distracted
To suggest that a truck driver who is trying to send a text message or dial a number on their phone is focused on the road and the environment around them is a far stretch from the truth. In fact, truck drivers texting while driving is effectively the opposite of safe. They are largely distracted from the safe operation of their big trucks and from the traffic around them.
Given the size of these big rigs, we must continue to fight against this dangerous practice. Through my membership and leadership role in APITLA, an organization of leading truck accident attorneys, I am committed to raising awareness (through the Truck Accident Law Blog, among other avenues), working for stronger enforcement of safety rules and laws and tough litigation against those truck drivers and and trucking companies who flout those rules and laws.