Gary Bell: Good morning. Welcome to the Bell & Pollock Legal Show. Today we’re doing a new sequel (Part 1 | Part 3) in our series on big trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers. It doesn’t have to be an 18-wheeler to be a commercial truck, it just have to be over 10,000 pounds. We’ve covered that in shows before, but we’re talking about the big rigs today. You’re going 60 miles an hour, 70 miles an hour down the roadway weighing 80,000 pounds, what do you think is going to happen? What do you think is going to happen? We say yeah, this is a major catastrophe and for the insurance companies it’s just another ordinary day, another ordinary event to try to beat you in your claim.
Usually these accidents with big rigs involve tragedies, they’re horrific, but you need to see lawyers who understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules and Regulations. Why? Because this is not an ordinary car crash. Yes, the common law governs it and yes, there’s statutes, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules are in the thousands of subparts and parts. You have to have attorneys that understand those rules because those rules govern liability. They help you recover, they help you maintain a claim against the insurance companies for these trucking companies and they have their own lawyers, they have their own doctors. Who do you have?
Today we’re talking about big rigs, but we’re also talking about talking and texting. These drivers talk and text on the phones and we’re going to explore things with you today I bet you never thought of. Brad, the statistics on these things, the stats, the studies are just astronomical on the effects and what happens with this talking and texting.
Brad Pollock: They’re amazing because we’re talking about a relatively new phenomenon and what amazes me is it’s a relatively new phenomenon, but we’ve known for years, for a number of years that texting and driving, plain and simple, is a dangerous act. We also know talking on the phone and driving is a dangerous act especially if it’s a phone you’re holding to your ear rather than having a hands-free device. The hands-free devices are installed in vehicles now, so you have to put up with those, but the situation is is that we’ve heard many, many times what the situation is.
We know that texting, for instance, texting, you’re 23 times more likely to have an acc