A commercial truck accident can result in some serious injuries, which
is why there are so many rules and regulations that govern how long drivers
can work, how much a truck can weigh, and how fast they can drive. In
2011, the Department of Transportation (DOT) added another law to this
list: restricting texting and the use of hand-held move phones by truck
drivers while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Truck Drivers & Texting
According to research commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA), the odds of being involved in a crash are 23.2
times greater for commercial truck drivers who text while driving, than
those who don’t. In the report, drivers took their eyes off the
forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds while texting. While this
may not seem like a long time, if they’re driving 55 mph, they would
travel 371 feet, or the length of a football field, without looking at the road.
What are the FMCSA Restrictions?
Under the restrictions, a commercial truck driver cannot:
- Read or send text messages or emails
- Surf the web
- Enter a location in a GPS
- Use a hand-held device to make a call
- Press more than one button to dial a number
These restrictions do allow truck drivers to use hands-free devices, but
only if they require a single touch to operate when the phone is located
within arm’s reach.
What if a Texting Truck Driver Caused My Accident?
Despite these sanctions, truck drivers still use their mobile phones to
make calls and send text messages. If a driver was using their phone at
the time of your accident, they are most likely liable for your injuries,
which means they’ll have to pay up for your medical bills, lost
wages and property damage.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a truck accident, please contact our
Kingston personal injury attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C today.
Call (845) 340-4878 or contact us online
to schedule a consultation.