There are various reasons for a driver to be distracted while operating a commercial truck. One extremely hazardous reason for distracted driving is the use of cell phones. Using a cell phone while driving a vehicle involves all types of distractions: visual, cognitive, and manual.
Research shows that truck drivers who use their cell phone while driving to send text messages are twenty times more prone to be involved in a traffic accident. If a driver texts while driving a truck, then he takes his hands off the wheel, his eyes off the road, and his focus off the road. This form of distraction while driving a vehicle that could weigh up to 80,000 pounds could cause a catastrophic accident.
The FMCSA or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently set regulations prohibiting the use of cell phones while in the cab of a commercial truck. Regardless of state laws, these rules strictly apply at the federal level.
In a distracted driving accident, trucking companies can also be held partly responsible if they require their drivers to receive or check routing information or updated loading information via cell phones. A driver does not have to actively be texting or dialing to make simple mistakes such as delaying the brake response or missing a turn.
If you are injured or hurt in a trucking accident involving the use of cell phones, it may be in your best interests to consult with an attorney. Call a trucking accident lawyer from Grossman Law Firm as soon as possible.
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