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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2015AugustCan Commercial Truck Drivers Text & Drive?

Can Commercial Truck Drivers Text & Drive?

Texting & Driving Rules for Commercial Drivers

While texting and driving is illegal in nearly all states, there are few that only enforce these rules on novice drivers, if at all. With recent reports continuing to shed light on the severe danger of texting and driving, it seems like it may only be a matter of time before bans are in place across the country. Some research has even shown that texting while driving results in nearly 24 times great risk for accident for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided to step in and take action to help prevent texting and driving accidents. Specifically, they have published new rules that restrict texting while driving or use of a hand-held mobile device for all truck drivers operating a CMV.

How this Rule Will Impact Truck Drivers

The penalties and consequences for texting while driving vary depending on the state the offense took place, the number of offenses a driver has committed, and any other contributing factors. In general, truck or bus drivers found to be texting while operating their commercial vehicle can expect to face rather steep penalties.

The following may be enforced for texting while driving a CMV:

  • Driver disqualification for 120 days
  • Fines ranging up to $2,750
  • Up to $11,000 in fines for employers allowing / requiring hand-held devices

For commercial motor vehicle drivers who have multiple texting while driving offenses on their record, disqualification by the FMCSA is a serious possibility. This could mean loss of livelihood for truck drivers, demonstrate the seriousness with which the FMCSA is approaching texting while driving violations.

Injured by a Truck Driver Who Texted While Driving?

The numbers for texting while driving accidents can be shocking. Despite this, many drivers still engage in these dangerous habits on a regular basis. When commercial drivers choose to endanger other drivers on the road by texting while driving, it can lead to even more severe consequences. If you have been hurt in an accident involving a distracted commercial driver, make sure you seek compassionate and skilled counsel right away.

Arnold & Itkin has a proven track record of success handling truck accidents and is ready to assist with your case. Give us a call today to set up a consultation.

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