Skilled Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers Helping People Harmed by Distracted Drivers
Serious advocacy when driver distraction causes serious injury or death in Illinois
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics for 2014, one in ten fatal crashes were caused by driver distraction, 18% of accidents where someone was injured were caused by a distracted driver, and 16% of cases reported to police involved some form of driver distraction.
At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago truck driver distraction attorneys know these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg when accidents involve a truck. Truck accidents cause more deaths and catastrophic or permanent injuries because their size and weight creates a giant physical impact. Truck drivers, more than most drivers, need to be especially attentive to the dangers of distracted driving because trucks are much harder to control and can create such high amounts of force. Our lawyers hold distracted drivers accountable by aggressively proving the distraction could have been avoided and thoroughly detailing the injuries and life changes a moment of distraction can cause another driver or a passenger.
The dangers of truck driver distraction
Driver distraction has three fundamental consequences:
- Loss of physical control. When the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel for even a split-second, the driver loses the ability to steer, to adapt to changing traffic, and to respond to emergencies.
- Loss of visual control. In an instant, a trucker who doesn’t have his or her eyes on the road can fail to see oncoming or turning traffic and fail to gage the speed and logistics of other vehicles.
- Loss of mental ability. Even when drivers see and feel their truck, a moment’s distraction can mean the difference between understanding the need to make a proper lane change or slowing down and not being to react in time.
When you drive at 60 miles an hour, you are driving 88 feet per second. A lot can go wrong in 88 feet. At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago truck distraction lawyers hold wrongdoers accountable when they lose control if that one-second delay causes our client injury or death.
Types of truck driver distraction
Truck drivers can become distracted for any one of the following reasons:
- Talking on a cellphone
- Texting while driving
- Using a dispatching device while driving
- Reading or writing while driving
- Looking at a map or GPS
- Adjusting the radio station or CD player
- Watching television or looking at the Internet
- Personal grooming
Truck drivers can wait to do all these activities until they stop. Trucking and shipping companies should make sure their employees understand the dangers of driving while distracted before the driver begins any road trip.
Get help from a Chicago truck driver distraction lawyer as soon as you can
Truck driver distraction cases require skilled Chicago truck accident lawyers. Trust our firm to speak to witnesses while they still remember the cause of the distraction. Our legal team needs to investigate any physical evidence, such as cell phone records, that can prove the distraction. While we may be able to prove the truck driver was negligent through other means, proving distraction can increase the likelihood of a recovery. It can also be used to assert punitive damages. Call Gainsberg Law at 312-313-1621 or complete our contact form for an appointment.