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Semi Drivers Can Succumb to the Temptations of Technology While Behind the Wheel

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Joliet truck accident attorneysSemi-trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, which is why the federal government has such stringent rules regulating the industry. Unfortunately, not all drivers or commercial truck companies follow the rules. Case in point: one commercial driver was recently sentenced on manslaughter charges after his distracted driving caused the death of a school teacher. Learn more about the distracted driving habits of truck drivers, and discover what your rights may be if yourself or a loved one is killed or injured in a commercial truck accident.

Distracted Truck Driver Convicted on Manslaughter Charges

The accident, which occurred back in 2016, had been caused by the commercial truck driver's use of a cellphone behind the wheel. His license already suspended because of an unpaid distracted driver ticket, the commercial driver had reportedly veered into the lane of oncoming traffic at least two other times before he smashed, head-on, into another vehicle. A young school teacher with a wife and two-year-old child, the driver of that other vehicle, ultimately died of his injuries. The courts convicted the commercial driver and sentenced him to 17 years in prison.

Distracted Driving Continues to Be a Pervasive Issue

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents today. Though more frequently seen in situations involving pedestrians and drivers of passenger vehicles, several transit drivers, commercial drivers, and bus drivers have been caught using their cell phones on camera over the past several years. In a recent case, a truck driver was going through Florida when he was caught reaching for his phone while behind the wheel. The video then shows him swerving to avoid something up ahead, which occurred just before he crashed into a highway barrier. No injuries or fatalities occurred, and he was not the cause of the accident, but the implications are clear: someone (including the driver himself) could have been seriously hurt.

Pursuing Compensation After a Commercial Truck Accident

While most crashes involve an analysis of the crash to determine its cause, accidents involving semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles tend to be more complex and in-depth. Victims are rarely equipped to manage such situations, and their injuries and losses can even further complicate matters. Thankfully, there is help.

At Tedone & Morton, P.C., we understand the devastation that a commercial truck accident can have on the lives of victims and their families. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet truck accident lawyers can protect your rights and best interests throughout the entire claims process. No matter what your circumstance, we will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule your personalized consultation to get started. Call 815-666-1285 today.


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