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Federal Law Protects Victims of Distracted Truck Driving

Federal Texting Ban for Truck Drivers

Seek the Help of our Ridgefield Truck Accident Attorneys

As of October 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a federal ban on texting while driving a tractor-trailer, or any other commercial vehicle. If a trucker is caught violating this law, they can potentially have their commercial license suspended for up to 120 days, and may be fined up to $2,750. Motor carrier companies can also face fines of up to $11,000 if one of their drivers is caught texting.

If you or one of your loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident caused by a texting driver, contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Connecticut truck accident lawyer.

The Risks of Texting While Driving

According to recent studies, texting while driving heightens the risk of a truck accident exponentially – making it 23 times more likely to happen compared to driving without distractions.

One of the reasons texting is such a serious danger is because it involves all three categories of driver distraction:

  • Visual – Taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual – Taking your hands off the steering wheel.
  • Cognitive – Concentrating on something other than driving.

Each of these factors individually increases a driver’s risk for causing a truck accident. Combining them can be fatal.

Breaking Down the Texting Ban

The FMCSA has officially banned texting (both business-related and personal) whenever a commercial truck is in operation. Cell phones, on-board computer systems, and laptops are all included in the ban. If a trucker needs to communicate with their employer, they must pull over first.

If a truck driver is convicted of two or more texting violations, they can potentially be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce for 60 days. Drivers are disqualified for 120 days if they are convicted of three or more violations during a three-year period, in addition to paying fines and penalties for each violation.

If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a texting driver, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys. Our Ridgefield truck accident attorneys represent injured accident victims in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, and Stamford, Connecticut.

To learn more about how we can assist you in your case, call us at (888) 244-5480.

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