In addition to being sadly common, distracted driving can lead to serious accidents with devastating injuries—especially when a commercial truck is involved. If this is your situation, contact a Boise distracted driving truck accident lawyer to explore your options for financial compensation.

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents in Boise every year. Drivers who don’t pay attention to the road—whether on purpose or by accident—significantly increase the risk of an accident occurring. It takes only seconds for a normal, everyday commute to turn into serious harm or injury for multiple drivers and vehicles, especially when a commercial truck is involved.

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s distracted driving, a Boise distracted driving truck accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can answer your questions and help you secure the damages you rightfully deserve under Idaho state law. Learning exactly what distracted driving is and why it increases the risk of a serious truck accident can help you better understand your situation and who was at fault.


What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving simply refers to any form of driving that takes place when the driver is otherwise distracted from the road. This may be intentional or unintentional. The most common types of distracted driving involving truck drivers include the following:

  • Texting while driving
  • Using a cell phone app
  • Eating or drinking

Other activities that can distract drivers and lead to serious truck crashes include adjusting a radio station or relying too heavily on GPS. As you can see, many of these causes would have been completely avoidable if the driver had simply chosen to pay attention to the road instead. Each of these takes the driver’s eyes away from the road for just a few seconds, but those precious seconds remove his or her ability to react to traffic quickly.


Distracted Driving Always a Risk

Research has shown that even when drivers are absolutely confident in their ability to drive while engaging in other activities, distraction still increases the risk of a crash. Additionally, as 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are larger than virtually every other vehicle on the road, the impact they have in an accident can be very high.

The danger increases with the size of the truck and its weight. For this reason, it is even more important that truck drivers are focused entirely on the road and their driving.


How Is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident?

Fault is often determined on multiple levels. Your insurance company, police officers, healthcare professionals, and courts may each designate fault individually, and their decisions may not always be the same. Each looks at the evidence presented to them and then attempts to make the fairest decision possible with the information provided.

This is just one of the reasons it’s best to make sure you have a qualified legal team on your side, especially if you believe the other driver may be at fault. Our attorneys can investigate the evidence and determine whether the case is likely to succeed in court.


Consult an Experienced Semi-Truck Accident Attorney

Truck accidents can be traumatic events for everyone involved. Whether you are the truck driver or you are the driver of a passenger vehicle, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences alone if your accident was caused by distracted driving.

Our experienced lawyers can make sure you get the compensation you deserve. If you have been in a truck accident, contact Craig Swapp & Associates by completing the form below or calling us toll-free at 1-800-404-9000.