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    Distracted drivers contribute to many accidents. Today’s motorists face even more distractions that can take their eyes, hands, and minds away from their driving duties. In this busy world, many people try to divide their time, even when they are driving. For instance, it is not uncommon to see a motorist holding a cup of coffee in their hand and trying to eat their breakfast as they navigate through morning traffic.

    However, when the person behind the wheel of a massive tractor-trailer is distracted, the stakes are even higher. Distracted driving truck accidents in Jackson cause devastating injuries and fatalities.

    When a distracted truck driver causes a crash that results in your or your loved one’s injuries, an experienced tractor-trailer collision attorney from Reaves Law Firm, PLLC could help you pursue compensation in a personal injury suit.

    Common Types of Distracted Driving in Jackson

    Distracted driving occurs when a motorist focuses on something other than their driving responsibilities. Some distractions are visual and require a motorist to take their eyes away from the road, such as when a person:

    • Swings their head around to look at their child in the backseat
    • Looks at the side of the road at a landmark or billboard
    • Looks in the mirror to fix their appearance
    • Looks down to read the directions on a GPS or map

    Others are manual, in which a motorist removes one or both hands from the wheel. When someone eats or drinks, fixes their hair or makeup, or changes the radio station, they engage in a manual distraction.

    A cognitive distraction occurs when something causes a driver to take their mind off the road. Talking to a passenger or speaking over Bluetooth can create a cognitive distraction. Using a cell phone to text, email, or scroll through social media is one of the most dangerous driving distractions because it simultaneously involves visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.

    Frequent Distractions for Truck Drivers

    A trucker’s job duties require them to be on the road by themselves for long, boring hours on unfamiliar roads, which could make them more likely to fall prey to certain distractions, such as:

    • Using a cell phone to text or talk
    • Using a navigation device to figure out directions
    • Eating while driving
    • Smoking while driving

    The dedicated legal team at Reaves Law Firm, PLLC could investigate a crash to learn why it happened. Our well-practiced Jackson lawyers know how to comb through the evidence to find the most relevant information linking the truck driver’s distraction to the crash.

    Why Distracted Driving Trucking Crashes Are so Dangerous

    Distracted drivers of any kind of motor vehicle can cause accidents. However, the accidents caused by distracted truck drivers in Jackson are almost always devastating due to the sheer size and weight of the truck compared to a smaller passenger vehicle. In addition, trucks handle differently from other kinds of vehicles. When a driver of a small car is distracted, they might have enough time to get their bearings and react appropriately in an emergency. A truck driver cannot usually get their truck to react as quickly. For example, if a car driver hears a honking horn, they might have time to slam on their brakes before crashing into a stopped vehicle in front of them. However, a truck driver would likely be unable to stop in time because large trucks take longer to stop.

    A compassionate attorney understands how debilitating the injuries faced by trucking crash survivors can be and could work tirelessly to help them obtain justice.

    Talk to a Jackson Attorney About Distracted Driving Trucking Crashes

    Because trucks are so much heavier and larger, they are harder to control than most other vehicles. When a truck driver is distracted for even a few seconds, they might not have the time to get their truck back in control before crashing into another vehicle or even driving off the road and leaving behind devastating destruction.

    Our seasoned lawyers have vast experience helping families affected by distracted driving truck accidents in Jackson. They know how to stand up for injured motorists and their families and fight for justice. Call Reaves Law Firm, PLLC today to speak to qualified legal professional about your case.

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