Distracted Driving – More and More Causing Accidents

As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month comes to an end, the National Safety Council would like for motorists to respect the dangers of distracted driving all year long. We recently reported on our Truck Accident Lawyers Blog about an unfortunate fatal trucking accident that took the life of a driver. Police are still investigating to see if the driver was operating his vehicle while distracted. They’re also investigating to see if he could have been asleep at the wheel.semi truck accident attorneys

Our truck accident lawyers would like to stress the importance of putting away all distractions while operating a motor vehicle. This advice is particularly critical for truck drivers.

The National Safety Council (NSC) was behind the events of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, as were the safety advocates at FocusDriven. Both organizations used the entire month to promote safe driving habits by discouraging the use of cell phones and other distracting behavior while driving. The NSC reported that there are nearly 12 times as many accidents that involve cell phone use as text messaging.

The safe driving advocates believe that National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity for employers to implement no cell phone policies. Rules regarding cell phone use and other distractions while driving would make a great impact on the risk of a trucking accident. The NSC has provided employers with a Cell Phone Policy Kit to help your company get started.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were more than 3,300 fatalities, and more than 74,000 injured, in accidents involving trucks in the United States in 2009. They report that nearly 300,000 large trucks, with a gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, that were involved in traffic accidents in that same year.

The U.S. government recently announced a ban on texting by drivers of large commercial vehicles in an attempt to avoid the dangers of distracted driving. The new ban comes with fines of up to $2,750. A ban on hand-held cell phones is in the works.

“We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe,” LaHood said. “This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving.”18 wheeler accident lawyers

Last year, the President banned all federal employees from texting while driving a government vehicle. He also banned them from texting in their own cars if they use government-issued phones or are on official business.

As officials continue to throw bans on drivers of various vehicles, there is no doubt that distracted driving includes other activities. Distracted driving can include messing with the radio, talking to passengers, or using GPS devices or maps. It is not until all drivers make a conscious effort to practice alert and focus driving habits that we will all see a significant decrease in serious and fatal accidents on our roadways.

If you are involved in a trucking accident, contact our truck accident lawyers for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

Back-Up Accident Lawyer – Personal Injury Attorneys

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Our auto accident lawyers represent victims of back-up collisions and backover accidents. If you have been hurt or if a member of your family has died in a backup accident, contact our firm for a free and confidential, no-obligation consultation.personal injury lawyers

Back-Up and Back-over Accidents

Pedestrians, cyclists, young children and other bystanders are particularly vulnerable to accidents when other vehicles are backing up. A collision involving a forward-moving car colliding with a vehicle backing up is often referred to as a “back up accident”. A collision involving a vehicle backing up colliding with or running over a child or adult directly behind the vehicle is a “backover accident.” Both types of accidents may occur when the driver puts his or her vehicle into reverse without checking whether or not it is safe to back up. Although less common than other types of vehicle collisions, back-up accidents do occur frequently and often result in serious injury or death, especially to pedestrians, cyclists and others not protected by the steel walls of another vehicle.

Backup Accidents and Blind Spots

Back-up accidents occur most frequently because a driver does not confirm it is safe to back-up before putting the car in reverse. All vehicles have blind spots, however, the presence of a blind spot does not excuse an accident. Especially when backing up, the larger the car, truck, or SUV, the greater potential for blind spots. Small children and objects close to the ground may fall within a car or truck’s blind spot. The driver of the car backing up is usually the at-fault party. Additionally, if dangerous conditions on a property contributed to a backup accident, the property owner or occupant responsible for maintaining the property may also be liable.

Young Children and Back-over Accidents

Several dozen children are seriously injured or killed each year in backover accidents. The most common victims are children between 12-23 months. These young toddlers are independent enough to take off but have very limited understanding of the dangers of large vehicles. The majority of toddler backover accidents take place in a driveway or outside of a victim’s home. The use of a backup camera or simply getting out and looking behind a car before backing up can reduce back-up accidents. accident injury attorneys

Auto Accident Consultation

The auto accident lawyers at our firm represent victims of all types of car accidents. If your child was injured or killed in a backover accident or if you were injured in a backup collision, contact a qualified and experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and duties. You and/or your child may be entitled to compensation for your/their injuries. A lawyer can help you ensure that your child’s medical needs are met and you are fully and fairly compensated for your child’s injuries due to the negligent actions of another.

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