It goes without saying that anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle should avoid distracted driving at all costs. Remember this: Any type of distraction has the potential to cause an accident.
Truckers, in particular, should understand the rules and regulations associated with distracted driving. Here are a few points of consideration:
- FMCSA regulations prohibit truckers from texting or using a hand-held mobile device when operating a commercial vehicle.
- Any driver caught breaking the law is subject to disqualifications, fines, and being removed from service.
- FMCSA rules do not apply to devices that are used for dispatch purposes, as long as they do not include any form of texting.
- Research shows that commercial motor vehicle drivers who text are more likely to be involved in a safety-related event.
- Due to the fact that some states have yet to implement laws on distracted driving, all FMCSA regulations apply regardless of the state in which the person is driving.
Truck drivers, along with everyone else on the road, should realize the dangers associated with distracted driving.
Although truckers should know better than to text and drive, some continue to break the law.
If you’re involved in an accident with a distracted trucker, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights as you receive treatment for your injuries. While there is a lot that goes into a personal injury lawsuit, you may be in position to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to find out why the trucker caused the accident.
Source: Trucking Truth, “Distracted Driving For Truck Drivers: The Penalties And Risks,” Brett Aquila, accessed April 18, 2017