When you see tractor-trailers moving along our country's highways, you expect their drivers to be safe, alert, and vigilant. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A local New York City news source posted an article a few years ago about the increased occurrence of truck drivers who text and drive. According to the news report, through local ABC news station 13WHAM, "A hidden camera investigation has uncovered a dangerous trend on highways. WABC-TV in New York City set up camera on several of highly travel roadways, catching truckers texting and talking on their phones and one driver even talking on two cell phones at once. The New York State Department of Transportation said nearly 16,000 truckers were ticketed for distracted driving in 2013, but only four of them were suspended and taken out of service." 4 out of 16,000 drivers who were caught texting while driving seems like a tiny percentage!
If you are involved in a car accident, most states, including Pennsylvania, have at least one section on the incident report dedicated to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations. Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents on the highway. If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, it might be time to consult an attorney. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. Please call his firm at 814-946-4100 for more information.