South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers Offer Skilled Representation for Victims of Distracted Drivers
There are more distractions for truck drivers now than ever before
There was a time when truck drivers had only clocks, AM/FM, and Citizen’s Band radios to distract them as they guided their 80,000 pound rigs down the Interstate; but that was long ago, before the advent of cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and GPS devices. Today’s truckers carry a wide array of electronic gadgetry that both helps and distracts them. While many of them use those devices safely others use them on the move, placing all the vehicles near them at risk. At first glance it might seem unthinkable that a truck driver would be foolish enough to send text messages on a cell phone while driving a massive 18-wheeler at highway speeds through Columbia– nearly one hundred feet per second – but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has had to issue a bulletin warning against it.
The consequences of a trucker’s distraction can be catastrophic; even for the approximately 28 percent fortunate enough to escape from a truck/passenger vehicle collision with their lives. Occupants who survive collisions with trucks almost all sustain serious injuries, many of them life-threatening. The South Carolina truck accident attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have seen a steady increase in the number of distracted driver accidents they handle.
What are some kinds of distractions?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website distraction.gov lists numerous kinds of distractions and the numbers of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from them. While not all of them are applicable to truck drivers, those that are include:
- Text messaging
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Reading maps
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
If you have been injured, or a loved one injured or killed in a truck accident due to the truck driver’s distraction, you or your family may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages as well as for pain and suffering and other non-financial losses. Get in touch with an experienced South Carolina truck accident law firm that can protect your rights. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, is committed to helping truck accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.