Distracted Truck Driver Accidents in Long Island

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Driving while distracted is reckless and endangers the lives of drivers and pedestrians also sharing the road. Every year, thousands of Americans die in accidents that could have been avoided, had the driver not been distracted. A 2009 report about truck driver distractions released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), revealed that 71% of crashes were the result of non-driving or complex activities. The report concluded that the riskiest behaviors for commercial drivers are:

  • Rummaging through compartments or bags
  • Looking at a dispatch device
  • Reading a map or navigation application
  • Reaching for an item
  • Trying to write or using a calculator

The FMCSA has also banned texting while driving for commercial truck drivers. All use of other hand-held mobile devices is also banned by the FMCSA, as well as reading, dialing, and reaching while driving a commercial vehicle. Truck drivers caught using cellular or mobile devices can be:

  • Subject to civil penalties up to $2,750
  • Disqualified for multiple offenses

A commercial company can also be fined up to $ 11,000 for allowing their driver to use a mobile phone or device while performing driving related work.

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Truck driver’s involved in an accident caused by distracted driving, can face both civil and criminal penalties for the injuries they cause. In some instances, the employer of a truck driver can face legal repercussions for injuries or death caused by a distracted driver. If you have been in an accident with a distracted trucker, it is important that you find legal representation quickly. New York’s statute of limitations gives limited time for you to bring your claim forward. Our Long Island truck accident lawyers have years of experience handling these types of cases. We provide personal attention and work tirelessly for each of our clients.

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