Personal Injury Attorney Louisiana
In 2011, Louisiana passed a law that prohibited texting while driving, which includes sending, reading or writing any text based message. To follow up on the no texting while driving law, in 2013, Louisiana also put into place the the Distracted Drivers Law which adds “social media” such as Facebook or Twitter to the ban of cell phone activities that are illegal while driving.
Just because the Louisiana law states that it is illegal for drivers to text or use social media while driving does not mean it does not happen or that drivers still do not become distracted with his or her cell phone. Accidents occur all the time due to distracted drivers. In 2011, an estimated 421,000 people were injured or killed in accidents involving a distracted driver. You or a family member may have been injured by such a driver. If such an accident has occurred, you or someone you know may be suffering from physical or emotional damage. Contacting a Louisiana personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you can claim compensation for your suffering.
Cell Phone Use While Driving Distracts Drivers and Increases the Chance for Major Accidents
The use of cell phone while driving is a very dangerous thing, for all drivers, however, research shows that truck drivers are at an increased risk for causing an accident as a result of being distracted by his or her cell phone. A car driver is 1.3 times more likely to get into an accident when texting. But a truck driver is 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident when texting. This increased risk for truck drivers to cause accidents when using a cell phone, combined with the heavy weight of trucks makes for a deadly disaster. There are over 41,000 drivers killed in America each year in traffic accidents and almost 5,000 of these deaths involve a crash with a large truck.
Many rules and regulations are in place to prohibit cell phone use specifically for truck drivers. In January of 2010, a Federal law was passed that prohibited drivers of commercial trucks to text while driving. This means that any truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds is committing a Federal offense if he or she is texting while driving. In addition, some companies are taking the use of cell phones while driving into their own hands. Companies such as Wal-Mart and UPS completely prohibit their divers from the use of any cell phone function while driving. Furthermore, many trucking companies hold education seminars for their truck drivers which make them aware of the dangers of cell phone use while driving. Other trucking companies are requiring hands free or voice activated cell phone features which would minimize the need to look away from the road.
Although both individual companies and the law makers for each state are working towards creating a safer road for drivers, accidents due to cell phone distractions are still occurring on the roads on a daily basis. In fact, research shows that although there are laws in place to protect drivers on the road accidents due to cell phone use are still on the rise. When a trucking accident occurs it is important to contact a Louisiana trucking accident attorney to determine if the cause of the accident was due to distracted driving. Since texting while driving is a Federal ban for all commercial truck drivers and if such an accident occurs with a truck driver who was distracted it is important to contact a Louisiana attorney with specific knowledge of trucking accidents.