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Things truckers should know about distracted driving

No matter who you are, there is never a good time to become distracted when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle. Doing so increases the likelihood of causing an accident.

Truck drivers are trained to keep their eyes on the road at all times; however, this doesn't always happen. With so many potential distractions, truckers often let their minds wander while they're traveling down the road.

Here are some of the more important things truck drivers should know about distracted driving:

  • New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations prohibit the use of hand-held phones and texting while operating a commercial vehicle
  • Any driver caught using a hand-held phone or texting is subject to severe penalties, such as fines and being put out of service
  • The new FMCSA rules do not apply to technology used for dispatching
  • According to research studies, commercial motor vehicle drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be part of a safety critical event
  • Commercial truck drivers who need to text or speak on the phone are typically permitted to do so using hands-free technology

Despite the training they receive, many commercial truckers overlook the fact that they should never partake in distracted driving behavior. These people continue to take risks, hoping they are never caught or cause an accident.

If you are involved in an accident with a truck, don't do anything until police and an ambulance arrive. If you later find that the trucker was negligent, perhaps because he or she was distracted, you will want to learn more about your legal rights for receiving compensation.

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