Distracted Driving Accident

Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Advocating for Victims in California and Nationwide

Distracted driving is a serious problem. In 2018 alone, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,786 truck accidents involved some form of driver distraction.

If you are one of the many individuals harmed by a distracted driver, our national trial law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman will advocate for you. Victims of truck crashes are entitled to compensation. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can obtain the medical care you need. A civil lawsuit may also result in compensation for your lost wages, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and any other damages you have suffered.

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At Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, our accident attorneys have decades of experience pursuing clients’ rights and earning maximum compensation.

Just a few reasons to choose our firm include:

  • No fees unless we win
  • Over $4 billion won for our clients across all of our areas of practice, including truck accident litigation.
  • 75 truck accidents settlements of $1 million or higher
  • Compassionate counsel, tireless advocacy
  • Board-certified truck accident lawyers
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Regent

Don’t wait to take the first step. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started on pursuing full and fair compensation on your behalf.

Contact us online to book a free, no-obligation consultation with a distracted truck driver accident lawyer. We accept cases in California and across the nation.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving refers to anything that takes a driver’s attention from where it should be: on the road. Texting and driving is one of the most well-known driver distractions. However, the problem of distracted driving goes beyond texting behind the wheel. It may also include:

  • Smoking
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Grooming
  • Fatigue
  • Inattention
  • Talking on the phone
  • Checking social media
  • Using a GPS or navigation app
  • Adjusting climate controls, mirrors, lights, etc.
  • Communicating with dispatchers/using a dispatch device

Distracted Driving a Major Factor in Truck Accidents

Distracted driving can be disastrous under any circumstance. However, the risk of serious injury or death is much greater when commercial truck drivers are distracted. The sheer size and weight of trucks can cause unspeakable damage if they collide with other cars, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, or property.

How to Prove Distracted Driving in a Truck Accident Lawsuit

A good way to tell whether a truck driver was distracted at the time of the crash is if they (a) did not attempt to stop the truck or did not brake until it was far too late, or (b) suddenly veered at the last minute. In essence, a telltale sign of distracted driving is if the trucker drove straight into an accident without braking or taking some sort of evasive action.

There are several ways to prove that a commercial truck driver was distracted leading up to a crash. At Baum Hedlund, our lawyers often begin by looking for evidence of last-minute braking or veering. This may involve reconstructing the accident and/or traveling to the accident site to inspect any skid marks on the road. It may be necessary to review “black box” evidence, as well.

A black box is an event data recorder, which often proves integral in accident cases. Though they are not required by law, most commercial trucks are equipped with black boxes. Information about steering, braking, and the vehicle’s speed may all be found in the truck’s black box. An experienced truck accident lawyer will immediately seek out the black box to help build a case.

Essential to an investigation into distracted driving is examining the driver’s cell phone and cell phone billing records. The cell phone retains GPS information that may be helpful as well as records related to text messaging, emailing, and calls. Similar information can be obtained by looking at cell phone billing records.

Witness and expert testimony can also help prove distracted driving on the part of the truck driver. For example, a witness may have seen a driver texting behind the wheel. They may have also seen the trucker veer and/or apply their brakes far too late.

Our accident lawyers know how to obtain crucial and compelling witness testimony, as well as how to cross-examine any witnesses or experts the trucking company and its insurance provider bring to the stand.

To learn more about how we will investigate and work to prove driver distraction in your case, contact us online to schedule a free, confidential case review.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted commercial truck driver, we urge you to reach out to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience with these cases, and we won’t rest in our fight for your rights.

Some of our case results include:

  • $15 million for the loved ones of a fatally injured truck crash victim;
  • $8.5 million in one of the largest verdicts for the death of an unmarried person in the state of Ohio, compensating two parents who lost their adult son in a truck crash;
  • $6.9 million for three semi-truck accident victims, two of whom were tragically killed.

Work with attorneys who truly care about you; work with Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman.

Call (855) 948-5098 to speak with a California distracted truck driver accident attorney. We advocate for clients nationwide.

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