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When cellphone use is behind trucking accidents

| Mar 19, 2020 | Distracted Driving, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents

Commercial drivers in the United States have very specific guidelines that they have to follow in order to keep their licenses and ensure public safety. One of these regulations has to do with cellphone use when behind the wheel. To help prevent trucking accidents, truck drivers are permitted to use these portable devices, but only in a limited capacity.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, if truck drivers wish to utilize mobile devices while operating their vehicles, they have to be able to do so with the push of a single button or through hands-free access. They cannot hold their phones. These devices must be mounted or otherwise kept in close proximity so that they are easy to reach.

Commercial drivers who are found using hand-held mobile devices can be fined up to $2,750. They may also lose their professional licenses. Employers who allow or expect their drivers to utilize hand-held mobile devices while operating their trucks may be fined up to $11,000. If the cellphone use results in a driver causing an accident, the penalties may be more severe for both the driver and the employer.

Trucking accidents typically have serious, if not fatal, outcomes, which is why commercial drivers steering clear of cellphone distractions while operating their vehicles is of the utmost importance. Unfortunately, some of these drivers choose to use their hand-held devices anyway. Florida residents who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in motor vehicle collisions resulting from cellphone distraction may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. Personal injury, wrongful death and any other applicable claims may be filed in a Florida civil court against all parties deemed responsible. With the assistance of legal counsel, victims or their loved ones may be able to negotiate fair settlements without the need to go to court; however, sometimes litigation is appropriate.

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