In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned truck drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving. This regulation is in addition to cellphone laws already in place in various states and holds truckers accountable for cellphone use even in those states where no existing regulations exist. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury during an accident caused by a truck driver using a cellphone, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call our Atlanta truck accident attorneys at 404-948-4893 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Did Cellphone Use Play a Role in Your Accident?
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that cellphone use is a major factor in several accidents, but identifying whether a cellphone was in use at the time of a collision can be difficult. According to the NSC, there is no simple way to determine if a truck driver was using his or her phone at the time of an accident. Cellphone records can be useful, but these are hard to obtain and cannot distinguish between handheld and hands-free cellphone use. It is not illegal, in any state, for a truck driver to use a hands-free system such as a headset or Bluetooth while driving.
The most effective way to determine if cellphone use played a role in your truck accident is with the help of an experienced and qualified injury attorney. The truck accident lawyers at our Atlanta office have decades of experience helping victims of serious injury get justice. We are prepared to investigate every aspect of your accident to identify all possible causes and to hold each liable party accountable for the damages you have suffered.
Remember, liability following truck accidents can be difficult to establish. This is just one reason why you need an experienced attorney on your side. Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance can start working on your case right away to uncover if cellphone use played a role and to help you get the total compensation you are due.
Is Hands-Free Safe?
It can be difficult to determine if phone use at the time of a truck accident is handheld or hands-free. It is well established, however, that whether the phone was being held or not is entirely irrelevant.
While no states have enacted bans on hands-free devices while driving, study after study after study has shown that cognitive distraction is identical between the two options. In fact, the AAA study linked above found hands-free devices are more dangerous than handheld alternatives as far as crash risk goes.
Our truck accident lawyers know how to build evidence-based cases for our clients. We will uncover all possible causes of your accident – even those that are not in violation of the law – and seek maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering. You don’t have to face this challenge alone. Call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-948-4893 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help.
Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance is a personal injury law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. We help victims of truck accident injury in Savanah, Columbia, Decatur, Augusta, and all nearby areas.