For many truckers, driving a tractor trailer for a living and multitasking on the road go hand in hand. Whether it’s eating, using a GPS, talking on the phone, or texting, sadly this type of behaviour is all too common. Distracted driving has become a leading cause of Commercial Vehicle Accidents, not only in Massachusetts, but in all of the U.S.A and the world!
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:
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.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attornies to discuss your options.