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Federal law prohibits truckers from texting and driving

| Jul 25, 2019 | Truck Accidents |

It is common for truck accidents victims to sustain serious injuries or even lose their lives. Like in cases of car accidents, a major reason behind truck accidents is distracted driving, and in today’s age, the cell phone is the most common distraction while driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration understand the consequences of cell phone distractions and have been implemented rules pertaining to truckers and their use of cell phones.

As many Texas residents may know, FMCSA studies have found that a commercial vehicle driver is 23.2 time more likely to be involved in an accident if that driver is texting while driving. Additionally, the FMCSA pointed out that truck drivers who dial a mobile phone are six times more likely to be involved in a crash. The FMCSA also pointed out that truck drivers who text while they are driving, take their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds on average, which means that if a truck is moving at 55 mph, the driver’s eyes are off the road for a distance which is approximately as long as the length of a football field.

Sadly, despite the various steps taken by federal and state authorities, truck accidents are common in Texas and the rest of the United States and every year, many people are either injured or lose their lives in such accidents. In order to keep this menace under check, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned commercial vehicle drivers from using cell phone when they are behind the wheel. The rules state that a commercial vehicle drover who is found to be using a cellphone while driving would have to pay fines and in case of multiple offenses, that driver would lose his or her commercial license.

In view of these regulations, victims of truck accidents and their family members may choose to file claims for compensation for the negligence of a truck driver who was texting and who caused the accident. However, as legal challenges against trucking companies can often pose serious hurdles, it may be a wise decision on part of victims and their families to seek professional help at the time of filing their claim.