Texting and Semi Tractor-Trailer Crashes in Indiana
Semi Tractor-Trailer crashes can cause severe personal injuries, especially to those occupying passenger cars. We have represented many Hoosier families dealing with the serious personal injuries, and wrongful death caused by semi tractor-trailer accidents.
Did you know the odds of being involved in a crash is three times greater when the driver is reaching for an object than when the driver is not reaching for an object. Did you know that the odds of being involved in an accident is six times greater while the driver is dialing a cell phone than when the driver is not dialing a cell phone. These increases in risk are primarily attributable to the driver’s eyes being off the forward roadway.
As a result of these dangers the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) believe it is in the best interest of public safety to restrict a CMV driver’s use of such devices. To this end Rules are being past restricting the use of cell phones, for both calls and texting, by drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles.
If you, or a loved one, are injured as a result of a semi tractor-trailer accident, it is important to find out whether the driver of the truck was using a cell phone at the time of the crash. If so, it is likely that the crash was caused, in part by that phone usage.