Distracted Truck Driver Accident Attorneys in Warwick
Were you injured in an accident caused by a distracted truck driver? If so, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and expenses. You need the Warwick truck accident attorneys of Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. on your side.
Distracted driving is responsible for thousands of truck accidents every year in the United States, and some of them cause life-altering injuries and even death. Although there are laws to deter distracted driving, and professional truck drivers are expected not to succumb to it, distracted driving remains a problem in Rhode Island and around the country. When a distracted truck driver causes an accident, they can and should be held accountable for their negligence.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident in Warwick, Rhode Island, because the driver was distracted, contact one of our experienced distracted driving attorneys as soon as you can. At Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., we can help you file a claim and receive compensation for your pain and suffering, to cover the costs of your medical expenses, and for missed time from work. Call us today at (401) 751-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined as performing any activity while driving that takes a driver’s attention off the road. Just a moment’s distraction while driving can cause a major accident. Truckers work long hours, and fatigue must eventually set in. There are innumerable ways a truck driver can become distracted on the road while trying to stay awake or avoid highway hypnosis.
Distracted driving can be broken down into three categories. Those categories include:
- Visual. When a driver takes their eyes off the road.
- Cognitive. When a driver takes their focus off the road.
- Manual. When a driver takes one or both hands off the wheel.
Some types of distracted driving are particularly dangerous because they involve more than one type of distraction. Texting is the most dangerous type of distraction because it involves all three categories: visual, cognitive, and manual distractions. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when a driver checks and responds to a text, they can take their eyes off the road for as long as 5 seconds. When a truck is traveling at 55 miles per hour, it can travel a distance of 100 yards. That’s the length of a football field without the driver seeing the road.
Although texting has been banned because it’s prevalent, it’s not the only distraction. Here are some other common types of distracted truck driving:
- Using a dispatching device
- Talking on the phone
- Eating, drinking or smoking
- Playing with music selections, or changing the radio
- Watching something out of the window like a billboard or a crash
- Checking directions
- Inebriation or drug use
There’s no excuse for professional truck drivers to drive while distracted. Drivers who cause accidents with their carelessness should be held responsible.
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Distracted Truck Driving Accident?
In Rhode Island, you must prove who is at fault for the accident before you can get any money for a claim. Unfortunately, unlike with drunk driving, there’s no breathalyzer test to measure distracted driving. For this reason, it’s often difficult to prove that a driver was distracted and that their distraction was what caused the accident.
Furthermore, truck driving accidents are inherently complicated because multiple parties, such as the driver and the trucking company, will be involved. Trucking companies will hire their own lawyer and fight to protect their drivers and save their company’s money. Having an experienced distracted truck accident attorney on your team can help you fight to receive a fair claim amount.
An experienced truck accident attorney can help you by organizing and analyzing documents and records to support your case, obtaining evidence, communicating with insurance companies so that you don’t have to, and negotiating a fair settlement on your behalf. Without an attorney on your side, you risk being ripped off by low claim offers and insurance adjusters whose only interest is in preserving their company’s bottom line. Let Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. handle all that aggravation for you.
Why Choose Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.?
With over 40 years of experience in personal injury law, Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. knows how to help victims injured in distracted driving accidents with trucks get the compensation they deserve. Our team of compassionate attorneys has represented thousands of people wrongfully injured in truck accidents over the years. We understand how difficult it can be for you and your family after an accident involving a truck and how important it is to receive compensation and hold the negligent parties accountable.
At Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., we have the knowledge and legal experience necessary to help you win your case. We also represent clients in Rhode Island on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t have to pay any upfront costs. If you’ve been in a truck accident because the trucker was distracted, contact Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. today at (401) 751-8855 for a free consultation.
Distracted Driving Laws and Statistics
Distracted driving is a major problem among truck drivers and the population at large:
Below are a few statistics about distracted driving in the United States:
- Nearly eight people per day are killed in the U.S. because of distracted driving.
- In 2018, nearly 3,000 lives were lost, and an estimated 400,000 people were injured because of distracted driving in the United States.
- 20% of people killed in distracted driving accidents are pedestrians, cyclists and other people who are not in motor vehicles when the accident occurs.
- Studies have found text messaging can increase a driver’s chances of being involved in a “safety-critical event” over twenty times.
Contact a Distracted Driving Attorney in Warwick, Rhode Island
Truck accidents can be terrifying and cause trauma for years to come, sometimes for a lifetime. Besides the emotional damage, physical injuries can make you miss work, cause pain and suffering, and bring expensive hospital and doctor bills to your mailbox. All of this can take a huge toll on you and your family.
That’s why, if you’ve been injured by a negligent truck driver who was distracted while behind the wheel, you should contact Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd.. You can discuss your case with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys in Warwick. We understand you’re suffering and will do everything in our power to help you win your case. We want our clients to get the full value of compensation they deserve for injuries that were not their fault.
Call us today at (401) 751-8855 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.