Texting rules for truck drivers are designed to keep the public safe. It is important for truck drivers to follow these rules and when they do not, for victims of distracted truck drivers and truck accidents to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when harmed.
Truck driver distracted driving prohibitions
Truck drivers are prohibited from texting while they are driving. Additionally, they are prohibited from using any mobile communication device that is not hands free while they are driving. They are only permitted to access a single button to initiate or terminate a voice call. Research has shown that truck drivers who drive while texting are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a safety-critical event than truck drivers who do not text while driving. A safety-critical event is defined as a crash, near-crash or lane deviation.
Damages to help truck accident victims
Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries and harm for victims. Personal injury legal protections are available to help truck accidents victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages that result from a truck accident. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured victims with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Drivers who text while driving take their eyes off the roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. When driving at 55 miles per hour, this is the equivalent of traveling a length of a football field without looking at the road. Texting while driving is dangerous and risky behavior which is why legal resources protect victims of truck drivers who make the unfortunate decision to text while driving and end up causing an accident.