As a Virginia truck accident lawyer can explain, it is well-documented just how distracting using a smartphone can be, whether it is talking to someone, texting, or checking social media. That is pretty evident when you are sitting in a restaurant or riding a train. Everyone in Virginia seems to be so focused on their phones that they are almost completely unaware of what it is taking place around them. Now imagine that same level of smartphone focus by someone who is behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Any activity that takes a driver’s focus and attention from the road is considered distracted driving. This not only includes using a smartphone, but can also include eating or drinking while driving, fiddling with a CD player or radio, or setting a GPS. A driver who engages in any of these activities not only may be guilty of breaking the law but also greatly increases the risk of causing a serious – if not fatal – car crash.
Unfortunately, as a Virginia truck accident lawyer knows, because truck drivers spend countless hours in their vehicles, many of them engage in the distracted driving behaviors listed above. This – despite all the studies, warnings, and new laws states have passed that prohibit drivers from using their smartphones while driving – distracted driving truck accidents still continue to increase each year, causing thousands of injuries and deaths.
According to statistics from the National Safety Council, more than 1.5 million vehicle crashes are caused each year because a driver was using their cell phone instead of staying completely focused on their driving. In fact, although alcohol-related accidents are still a major factor in fatal car crashes, a driver is six times more likely to be in or cause a vehicle accident if they are texting than if they are drunk.
What Damages Can Victims Be Awarded in Distracted Driving Crashes?
If a truck driver is engaged in some type of distracted driving behavior – i.e. using their cellphone, eating, grooming, or even talking to a passenger in the vehicle – they may be violating the duty of care that each driver owes to other commuters they share the road with. Every driver is required to use reasonable care while driving and watch out for hazards and dangers on the road. A truck driver who takes their eyes and focus off the road and hands off the wheel while engaging in distracted driving behavior can be found negligent and therefore liable for any injuries a victim sustains in a crash. This also means the trucking company they work for will also be liable.
Some of the damages a Virginia truck accident lawyer can obtain for the victim in a truck accident case:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Past, present, and future loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability
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