Automobile accidents are one of the most common causes of injury and death in the United States. The use of cell phones has made driving much more dangerous activity than it once was. It is estimated that drivers distracted by cell phones cause as many as one quarter of the country’s car crashes every year.
Sharing the road with semi-trucks and tractor trailers in unavoidable, so it makes sense to proceed with caution if you are driving along aside or passing a large truck. Because of their weight and length, trucks can be hard to navigate. Moreover, a tractor-trailer, even traveling at a normal speed, can take a long time to stop. That being said, truckers are required to exercise reasonable care when operating a rig not to injure other drivers.
Truck Accidents at a Glance
There are state and federal laws in place that require trucks to be adequately maintained and inspected regularly.
In 2010, a Texas sheriff's deputy responded to a call seeking assistance with a traffic stop of a possible stolen car. With flashing lights and siren on, he sped to the scene but, en route, had to swerve to avoid soundproofing that fell off a flatbed truck. Gravely injured, he died eight days later in the hospital.
According to court documents and news reports, on May 16, 2013, police officers in Fort Worth executed a “no-knock” search warrant at a residence on Thannisch Avenue; bursting into the house without warning in a search for drugs. 34-year-old Jermaine Darden was in the home at that time, and his family alleges that the police officers’ actions killed him.
Darden’s family alleges that he suffered a heart attack and died after officers needlessly choked, kicked, and shot him with a stun gun. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officers involved at the scene and the city of Fort Worth.
Lawyers for the city contended that Darden tried to resist arrest, but witnesses said he made no attempt to flee, attack, or resist.
Across the country, personal injury attorneys are beginning to ask their clients if the car accidents in which they were injured may have involved Snapchat. Press releases and blogs are increasingly pointing out the dangers of the app's speed filter feature which tracks how fast an individual is traveling while taking a selfie. What makes Snapchat photos even more dangerous than other electronic images is that Snapchat photos and videos disappear immediately after viewing, so they demand immediate and complete concentration.
If you are driving and view a Snapchat picture, you are momentarily completely distracted, and, we all know (or should know) it takes only a moment for a serious accident to occur, one in which drivers or pedestrians suffer severe injuries or wrongful death.
Only a few weeks ago, a Georgia resident sued Snapchat and the young driver viewing the device for a car crash that left him with serious brain injuries.