Large commercial trucks are more likely to be in fatal accidents on U.S. and Arkansas Highways. Big rigs represent about 3% of all motor vehicle registrations, but 8% percent of all motor vehicle accidents and 12% of all traffic fatalities nationwide each year. One potential cause of these accidents is distracted driving.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently banned texting while driving commercial vehicles and vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are three types of distracted driving:
Visual (taking eyes off road)
Manual (taking hands off wheel)
Cognitive (taking mind off driving)
Cell phone texting is particularly dangerous because it combines all three types of distractions. According to a recent study, truckers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident or a close call while texting.
Arkansas injury lawyer Paul Pfeifer has successfully litigated cases against trucking companies in Arkansas accidents involving distracted and fatigued drivers. If you have a case involving a truck accident call the Pfeifer Law Firm to discuss your legal rights.