Distracted driving is one of the major causes of car accidents, injuries, and sometimes death. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2010 alone, 3,000 deaths were caused by distracted driving. In 2011 387,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. When the vehicle is large, distracted driving becomes even more dangerous. The government has banned texting and cellphone use for commercial drivers because of the added danger.
In early March of 2013, police suspected distracted driving in Kentucky when a tractor trailer plowed into the back of an SUV that was carrying eight people. Six people were killed. This accident may even have triggered another crash on the other side of the highway.
The driver of the tractor trailer told police that he did see the SUV in front of him, but he hit the brakes too late to avoid hitting the vehicle. The 1999 Ford Expedition that the truck driver hit was “totally engulfed in flames,” according to a witness. Police are trying to figure out what the reason for this was. Though there were flurries that morning, the accidents were unrelated to the weather, police say. They are investigating, have taken blood tests, and are looking at the driver’s log books.
Among the six people that were killed, two were children. The two others that survived suffered burns and a broken spine and were taken to a hospital. Neither had life-threatening injuries.
The second accident happened 15 minutes later on the opposite side of the highway. It involved four vehicles and three people were injured. Police suspect that the people involved in this second crash were distracted by the first crash, trying to see what happened, and that this caused the second accident.
In 2010 a tragic accident happened just miles from these two crashes. In that accident 11 people died when a tractor trailer crashed through the median into a van that contained a family. The family members were killed and so was the truck driver. This accident was caused by the truck driver who was distracted by talking on his cell phone.
Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options. An experienced car accident lawyer will have the expertise you need to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and will get you the compensation that you need in order to move forward with your life. Putting people at risk by driving while distracted is unacceptable. People have the responsibility to drive safely and not endanger other drivers with negligent behaviors. So if you have been injured in a crash and suspect or know that distracted driving was a contributing factor, contact a personal injury attorney who can help.