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The safety of everyone on the road is put at risk any time a driver takes their eyes off the road, no matter what vehicle they are operating. Unsurprisingly, that risk becomes exponentially greater when the driver is operating an 80,000-pound truck.
Even in ideal conditions, 18-wheelers require significantly more space and time to come to a complete halt – a driver can lose valuable seconds when they take their eyes off the road, and can dramatically increase their chances of causing an accident.
Call us at (615) 933-2893 to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney today.
If you were seriously injured in a crash caused by a distracted truck driver, contact our Nashville truck accident attorneys at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge to discuss your case with a member of our firm. For more than 40 years, we have remained committed to providing injured victims with the experienced legal representation they need to secure the compensation and legal outcome they deserve. Through our tireless efforts, we have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
According to a report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are six times more likely to be involved in what they call a “safety-critical event” – unintentional lane deviations, near-crashes and crashes all fall under the umbrella of a safety-critical event – when they look down at their phones. According to their report, the average truck driver takes their eyes off the road for approximately 3.8 seconds every time they look away. While traveling at highway speeds, a truck can cover about 300 feet in 3.8 seconds, the length of an entire football field.
Any number of hazards that require an immediate reaction could come up during that stretch, and if the truck driver fails to act accordingly they could cause a catastrophic collision and seriously injure others on the road.
Some serious injuries that frequently occur in truck accidents include:
The FMCA has placed restrictions on how and when truck drivers are allowed to interact with their phones when behind the wheel, like requiring them to press a single button when sending or receiving messages or phone calls and using a hands-free system. However, negligent drivers still choose to ignore these restrictions, putting the safety of everyone on the road in jeopardy. If you were seriously injured in a crash caused by a negligent truck driver, an experienced attorney can help you file a lawsuit and fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
Our Nashville truck accident lawyers at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge have spent nearly four decades representing injured victims in Tennessee and throughout the surrounding states. Over that time, we have refined and honed our skills, and understand the best way to investigate these types of cases in order to secure our clients the maximum compensation possible. Through our tireless efforts, we have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and are committed to providing each client we accept with the passionate legal assistance we have become known for.
Give us a call at (615) 933-2893 to discuss your case with a member of our firm or fill out our online form to tell us more about your situation today.
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