Ocala Distracted Driving Truck Accident Lawyers
Was distracted driving a factor in your truck accident? Distracted driving is any behavior that takes a driver’s attention away from safe driving. It can happen in any type of vehicle, but when it happens behind the wheel of a large truck, the consequences are even more dangerous. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, when a driver takes their eyes off the road for even 5 seconds at 55mph, they travel the distance of a football field. When this happens with a large, heavy commercial truck, the results can be devastating and, often, deadly. Distracted drivers cause accidents, and if you were injured in an accident with a distracted truck driver, an Ocala personal injury attorney from Glover Law Firm can help.
Commercial truck drivers must keep focused on the road at all times, and accidents are often the result of distracted driving. At Glover Law Firm, our Ocala truck accident lawyers can help you take legal action against a commercial truck driver and their employer to help you get compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (352) 205-4495 to learn more about how we can help you recover financial compensation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Proving that a truck accident occurred due to distracted driving is difficult to prove. You will need an attorney to help you gather evidence to establish that distracted driving caused the accident so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Truck accident claims can be especially tricky, and involve many different elements. From gathering evidence to prove that the truck driver was distracted, to dealing with the trucking company’s lawyers and insurance agents, the experience of a lawyer takes the guesswork out of legal action. You need an attorney so that you can get the maximum amount of relief for your injuries, time off work and other damages. Truck accident lawyers know all of the ins and outs of legal proceedings dealing with large trucks and can be your professional liaison for the duration of your case. We work aggressively to get justice for you against at-fault parties so that you can focus on making a full recovery from your injuries.
Why Choose Glover Law Firm?
Attorneys at Glover Law Firm are here for you and will be on your side throughout your claim. Our Ocala truck accident attorneys are committed to seeking justice for those who have been injured by a distracted driver. Glover Law Firm focuses exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death claims, with successful results in many truck accident cases. Our team has a reputation across Florida for securing maximum compensation for our clients.
Our team is led by attorney Gordon J. Glover, who is recognized by Florida Super Lawyers and holds AVVO’s highest rating of “Superb 10/10.” Our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals will work diligently for you in your claim, and we will treat you with compassion and respect while we pursue the responsible parties to the full extent of the law. You have a better chance for success in your claim if you have experienced professionals on your side, and Glover Law Firm can provide you with skilled attorneys so negligent drivers and their employers are held legally responsible.
Truck Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving
There are hundreds of possible distractions for drivers, so it is impossible to regulate all potential distractions. However, anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the safe operation of their vehicle counts as a distraction and frequently contributes to accidents. DMV.org lists three main categories of driving distractions:
- Manual: Manual distractions are anything that causes a driver to take their hands off the wheel, including eating, drinking, smoking, or turning knobs in the vehicle (stereo, temperature control, etc).
- Visual: Visual distractions cause a driver’s eyes to wander off the road, such as looking at a phone, changing the radio station, looking for items in the vehicle, or looking at the scenery.
- Cognitive: Cognitive distractions cause a driver’s mind to drift away from driving, and can include talking on the phone, road rage, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or thinking about anything else that causes the mind to wander.
With many hours on the road, commercial truck drivers are prone to any of these types of distracted driving, and distracted driving is an element of many large truck accidents. An Ocala truck accident attorney from Glover Law Firm can help you investigate the details of a truck accident involving distracted driving that resulted in your injuries.
The Law on Distracted Driving
Commercial drivers must adhere to a specific set of laws when they are on the road in order to avoid distractions. While some distractions may be unavoidable, there are strict laws in place that cover the most deadly distraction: the use of cell phones. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has completely banned texting while driving a commercial vehicle, and this regulation also prohibits emailing, checking the weather, or the use of any applications. Commercial drivers can talk on the phone, but only if using a hands-free device. Violation of these laws can cost a driver thousands of dollars in fines or the loss of their license, but talking and texting still happens every day and continues to be a major cause of accidents. The FMCSA estimates that more than 390,000 accidents were caused by texting while driving in 2016 alone. A truck accident attorney knows how to uncover evidence relating to your truck accident that can reveal whether the driver was distracted by their phone.
If a truck driver violates the laws or makes a careless decision to pay attention to anything besides the road, their mistake may cause a serious accident. A distracted truck driver is legally responsible for the injuries they cause. In addition to pursuing the distracted truck driver in a legal action, injured victims can also take legal action against the company that employs the driver. An Ocala truck accident attorney with Glover Law Firm can help you file a case and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.
Call Glover Law Firm Today
The truck accident attorneys from Glover Law Firm offer a no-obligation, free consultation to you where we can review your legal options. Call one of our knowledgeable lawyers today at (352) 205-4495.