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Distracted Driving and Tractor Trailers Don’t Mix

Distracted Driving Leads to Tractor Trailer Accident off Maine Highway

tractor trailerOn Monday, October 27th, a tractor trailer ran off the road and leaked fuel into the mud after crashing. State troopers say the accident was caused by distracted driving.

Reportedly, the driver, Steven Haggan, was unfamiliar with the type of tractor trailer he had been assigned, and became distracted while trying to find the switch to de-fog the side mirrors. The truck, full of wood chips, drifted off the road, but Haggan didn’t notice until he hit the rumble strip. He did not have time to prevent the distracted driving crash by that point, and ran into some trees along the side of the road.

Haggan was not injured, and the Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection were called to the scene of the tractor trailer accident to clean up. Haggan has been issued a summons for distracted driving.

Tractor Trailer Spills Frozen French Fries After Distracted Driving Leads to Accident

Another distracted driving accident in Maine, which occurred over the weekend, involved a tractor trailer carrying frozen French fries.

Charles O’Halloran was driving the refrigerated truck near Bangor, when he reportedly became distracted by a water bottle in the cab, which caused him to run over the side of the road and into a stand of trees, spilling the fries across the road.

The Maine Department of Agriculture officially condemned the thousands of pounds of spilled fries, which were then hauled to the local dump.

Distracted Driving Accidents and Injuries in South Carolina

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 421,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver; 3,300 of those people died from their injuries. Research from the University of Buffalo suggests that as much as 10% of pedestrian visits to the emergency room are caused by distracted drivers. The Department of Transportation estimates that, despite multiple reports of how deadly distracted driving can be, as many as 660,000 Americans are on their phones in some form while driving, every single day.

Distracted driving includes:

  • texting and driving
  • talking on or playing with a cell phone
  • eating or drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of a South Carolina distracted driving accident can result in life altering and even deadly consequences.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina distracted driving accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries.
 Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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