Truck Passenger Distractions Can Lead to Serious Injury
Being a long distance truck driving can prove to be a lonely profession. As an increasing number of drivers choose to invite a passenger to ride along with them on their routes, the risk of these same drivers becoming distracted due to their passenger is on the rise.
There are several ways that truck drivers can become distracted when having a passenger share their cab. One is simply becoming involved with a conversation with their passenger to the point that they aren’t directing their full attention to what is happening on the road. If that conversation with a passenger becomes heated enough to turn into an argument, devastating results can follow as the trucker can collide with other vehicles or even run off the road, causing injuries to other vehicles on the road, along with injuries, sometimes fatal, to other drivers and passengers.
As the premier personal injury law firm in the greater Austin area, Briggle & Polan, PLLC, has handled numerous cases in which the driver and passengers of a vehicle on the roadway became an accident victim when a truck passenger caused a serious distraction to the truck driver. If you have been a victim of an accident involving a trucker who was distracted by his passenger, you should know that according to Texas law, the truck driver can be held legally responsible and fully liable for any injuries he causes to the driver and passengers of other vehicles due to distracted driving.
Any accident involving a truck distracted by his passenger and another vehicle can turn pretty complicated very quickly. Very often the driver of the truck is not the owner of the truck. The vehicle he drives is often owned by one or more companies who employ a group of attorneys as well as insurance companies who will try their best to pay out as little financial compensation as possible when their truck driver is involved in a distracted driving accident.
That’s why it’s important if you have been the victim of a distracted trucking accident, to consult with an attorney first. It’s important not to have any communication with the trucker or his representatives but allow your legal representative to do all of the negotiating. If a fair and just settlement for your injuries cannot be reached, a law firm like Briggle & Polan, PLLC can proceed with a personal injury or even a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the victim and his family members.
Most truckers and their passengers will never willingly cause harm to other drivers and passengers on Austin roads. But when a passenger causes a distraction to the driver of a truck he is riding in that results in an accident that harms you or a family member, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We can protect your rights and get you the fair and just financial compensation you need to cover your medical and rehabilitation expenses as well as compensation for pain and suffering. We can also expertly handle wrongful death lawsuits if accident injuries prove fatal. Contact us today for a free consultation at (512) 400-3278