New York has strict laws when it comes to cell phone use while driving. Texting is prohibited, as is talking on the phone without the use of a hands-free device. While this may be the case, these laws have not stopped people, whether they are driving for personal or professional matters, from paying more attention to their cell phones than operating their automobiles. When a semi-trailer driver causes a truck accident due to cell phone use, the results can be catastrophic. Victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members may have legal recourse.
Truck drivers are held to a pretty high standard. They are responsible for operating machines that can do a significant amount of damage if involved in a wreck. Unfortunately, as truck drivers are out on the road for long hours and away from their families for days at a time, if not longer, they often use their cell phones to keep in touch with loved ones and keep them awake while driving.
Any amount of time on a cell phone can be distracting. When a driver is distracted, it only takes a matter of seconds for a crash to occur. If you or a loved one have been involved in a crash involving a large commercial vehicle, it is okay to question whether the driver responsible was using his or her cell phone at the time of the collision. Distracted driving is negligent driving, and the truck driver and his or her employer may be held responsible for any losses you and/or your loved one have experienced.
Fighting for fair compensation following a truck accident can be difficult. If this type of case is not settled privately, it will be necessary to prove driver negligence in a New York civil court in order for the case to succeed. To do this, it can take quite a bit of detective work. To learn how an experienced attorney can help you in your fight for relief following a truck accident, please visit our firm’s website.