Driving while distracted is bad enough, but doing so while behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle is a recipe for disaster. If you were hurt by an irresponsible truck driver, hold him or her accountable with help from a Spokane distracted driving truck accident lawyer.

When a trucker becomes distracted, the risk of causing injury to other motorists is incredibly high. If your accident was caused by a distracted commercial truck driver, you need the help of a Spokane distracted driving truck accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates.

You have the right to file a lawsuit against the truck driver, the company he or she works for, and anyone else that was responsible for causing your 18-wheeler accident and injuries. The key is to file within three years so that you do not exceed the statute of limitations for personal injury claims.

Distracted Driving Statistics

At any given time, 660,000 Americans are using a cell phone while driving, and at least 431,000 people are injured annually as a result of a distracted driving accident.

While the available information is not broken down by truck drivers compared to drivers of personal vehicles, it is clear that truckers have an equal or increased temptation to drive distracted given how long they spend on the road. Where commuters might wait until they get home to return a phone call, a trucker may not stop driving for several more hours, increasing the temptation to use a phone while behind the wheel.

Types of Distracted Driving

You can drive the entire length of a football field in just five seconds. If a truck driver was doing any of these activities prior to hitting you, there is a good chance that he or she never saw you due to the self-imposed distraction:

  • Talking or texting on a cell phone
  • Eating
  • Talking to a passenger
  • Changing the radio station
  • Brushing their teeth
  • Changing clothes
  • Any other activity

All types of distracted driving are dangerous and difficult to prove. This is why you need an experienced attorney with investigative resources that can be fully applied to your case.

Who Is Responsible for Your 18-Wheeler Crash

If you were hit by a distracted truck driver, he or she is certain to be at least partially responsible for your accident. However, anytime you are in a truck accident, the company the driver works for also needs to be investigated to determine if they have any liability for what happened.

Once retained, we will gather evidence to demonstrate this negligence and build a strong case for why you deserve compensation.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

We can file a lawsuit on your behalf and ask for financial damages to pay for any of the following items that apply to your case:

  • Cost to repair or replace your vehicle
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Therapy if you are suffering from emotional trauma
  • Caregiver expenses if you cannot care for yourself
  • Lost income if you’ve had to miss work
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

As we gather evidence and review your expenses, we will assess the full value of your claim. We can then prepare a demand letter. If the other side agrees to our terms, the case can be settled. Otherwise, we will proceed by representing you in court.

A Spokane Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

Your focus should be on recovering from your commercial truck accident while we take care of your legal needs.

You can receive help from a Spokane distracted driving truck accident lawyer by calling 1-800-404-9000. Alternatively, complete our online form below and someone will contact you at your convenience to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.

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