When it comes to driving, government and law enforcement agencies spend a great deal of focus on the issue of distracted driving. One particular cause of distracted driving is the use of cell phones while driving truck.
Although using a cell phone while driving is not considered illegal in every state, drivers of commercial trucks are subject to additional rules and regulations due to the massive weight and size of their vehicles. Regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA explicitly prohibits the use of cell phones in the cab of any and all commercial trucks, no matter where in the country the truck may be.
Recent research shows that truck drivers who use cell phones to text messages while driving are more than twenty times more likely to be involved or injured in a traffic accident. In order to use a cell phone, a driver typically takes his or her eyes off the road for a minimum of five seconds. This is equivalent to driving the entire length of a football field at a speed of about 40 miles per hour, but with your eyes closed. This type of negligent behavior in a vehicle as large as a commercial truck can lead to catastrophic consequences.
Sadly, cell phones are not the only cause of distracted driving. As with all passenger vehicle drivers, truck drivers have countless opportunities to take their focus away from the road.
Some trucks are equipped with computer systems that communicate information from the trucking company office to the truck and back. Drivers must oftentimes use these dispatch systems while driving, greatly increasing the chances of causing a serious truck accident. Policies of some trucking companies on these dispatch systems actually promote their use while driving, this putting other people and vehicles on the road at risk.
If you are injured or involved in a truck accident, consult with a truck accident law firm as soon as possible. A truck accident lawyer can carefully investigate your accident to determine the party at fault and if the accident was caused by one’s negligence.
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