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Truckers spend so much time on the road that it can be tempting to multi-task in their cab at the cost of safe driving. Cell phone use, computer use, eating, and other distractions can all create a dangerous environment, increasing the risk of a serious truck accident. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents, but when a distracted driver is behind the wheel of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer, the consequences can be even more catastrophic.
Federal Texting Ban for Truck Drivers
Whenever a truck driver texts, they are over 20 times more likely to cause a truck accident. In response to this danger, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has enacted a federal law that prohibits truckers and bus drivers from texting while driving.
This new law comes with strict penalties if it is broken, including a $2,750 fine and potential civil or criminal charges. Two or more offenses puts truck drivers at risk of losing their commercial driver’s license. Additionally, if a trucking company allows its drivers to ignore the federal ban, the company can be fined up to $11,000.
Distracted Driving Statistics
A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determined that texting truck drivers remove their eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds. If the truck is traveling at 55 MPH, this is the equivalent of driving the full length of a football field without once looking at the road.
The FMCSA’s study revealed other unsettling statistics:
- When a trucker dials a cell phone, they are 5.9 times more likely to cause a truck accident.
- When a trucker reaches for a cell phone, they are 6.7 times more likely to cause a truck accident.
- When a trucker uses a dispatch device, they are 8.9 times more likely to cause an accident.
- When a trucker looks at a map, they are 7 times more likely to cause an accident.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident because of a distracted driver, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Atlanta truck accident attorneys. We represent injured truck accident victims in Gainesville and Jackonsville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.