A truck driver is facing several criminal charges, including reckless homicide, after a horrific Louisville trucking accident killed a 71-year-old. The trucker was believed to have been using his cellphone at the time of the crash and he slammed into the back of a car, causing a chain reaction crash that involved three other vehicles. One car immediately burst into flames, killing the occupant as horrified onlookers tried to help. The truck driver has been charged with reckless homicide, as well as four counts of wanton endangerment.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Kentucky and throughout the United States. Each year more than 3,300 people are killed and an additional 421,000 injured because of distracted drivers. Sadly, those numbers are increasing due to smartphones and our growing need for multi-tasking.
It is estimated that texting and driving is the most dangerous task you can do behind the wheel of a vehicle. Why? Because it combines all three major types of distractions, including visual, manual, and cognitive. As a result, texting drivers are 23x more likely to be involved in a car accident. Yet, texting is not the only form of distracted driving. Other forms of distracted driving include:
- Eating while driving
- Putting on makeup
- Talking on the cellphone
- Talking or engaging with other passengers
- Looking at billboards or street signs
- Changing the radio
- Reading a map
Contact Our Louisville Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident with a distracted driver, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Louisville car accident lawyer immediately. Your lawyer will need to review and investigate all aspects of your accident to determine if distracted driving was responsible for your accident and your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights, contact experienced Louisville car accident attorney, Kevin Sciantarelli, today for a free consultation. Call 1-855-538-4611 or fill out our online contact form for more information.