Whether you drive a semi-truck or a small car, you should avoid using your cell phone or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. If you absolutely have to use a portable device, pull over to a safe location.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 10, 2013
Phoenix truck accident lawyer Jeffery J. Hernandez of the Law Office of Jeffery J. Hernandez said today that a fatal accident involving a truck driver who police say was using his cell phone at the time of the crash illustrates the tragic consequences of distracted driving.
Hernandez commented on a Nov. 1 report in the Arizona Republic (“Report: Truck driver was looking at phone in deadly crash”). According to the newspaper, police said they believe a May 2013 truck accident that led to the death of an Arizona Department of Public Safety worker was caused by a truck driver who was browsing Facebook on his phone at the time of the collision.
“Car and truck accidents involving driver distraction are among the most preventable type of accidents,” said Hernandez, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “Whether you drive a semi-truck or a small car, you should avoid using your cell phone or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. If you absolutely have to use a portable device, pull over to a safe location. Don’t risk the lives of everyone else on the road because you want to look at Facebook or browse the web.”
According to the Arizona Republic, the May 6, 2013, crash occurred after an 18-wheeler crashed into several workers at the scene of an accident on Interstate 8 about 40 miles east of Yuma. An Arizona DPS worker died. The driver was using Facebook at the time of the crash according to police reports obtained by the Arizona Republic as well as the truck’s in-dash camera.
According to the newspaper, the driver told police that his company’s policy prohibited the use of cell phones while driving. The Arizona Republic, however, reported that through commercial driving logs and cell phone records, the driver involved in the accident has displayed a history of using his cell phone while driving in the past.
Hernandez added that federal law prohibits all truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles.
“Truck drivers must follow all laws as well as company policies. Trucking companies have a moral and legal obligation to enforce company policy, to discipline drivers who violate important safety rules, and to hire drivers with driving records that reflect a commitment to safety while on the road,” said Hernandez, a trucking accident lawyer in Phoenix. “A trucking company that violates these rules might be negligent if the driver causes an accident.”
Hernandez said attorneys can help victims of trucking accidents pursue compensation for their losses. A personal injury lawyer also can help send a message that negligence by trucking companies and their drivers will not be tolerated in Arizona.
About the Law Office of Jeffery J. Hernandez
Jeffery J. Hernandez has served the needs of personal injury victims and small to medium-sized businesses across the state for over 20 years and is an Avvo-rated trial attorney. Obtaining his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University in 1992, Hernandez previously worked as a hands-on insurance claims adjuster for seven years and possesses extensive knowledge about how insurance companies work and the tactics they may use to reduce personal injury claims.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, or a loved one was killed in an accident, call (480) 624-2765 for a free case evaluation.
The Law Office of Jeffery J. Hernandez is located at 7047 E. Greenway Parkway, Suite 140, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254. Visit http://www.arizonalawonline.com/