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Commercial drivers and mobile devices

It can be very difficult to stay focused on the road while driving. The technology that is available today means that people are never really far away from their work obligations, social media or entertainment venues. In fact, most people carry all of these things with them on their phones. When it comes to driving, these seemingly minor distractions can pose an enormous threat.

When a commercial truck driver is distracted, these threats are even more serious. Even a minor truck accident has the potential to create massive damage to smaller vehicles. This can easily result in serious injuries or death to other drivers.

In order to minimize the risk of distracted driving among truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has adopted rules concerning mobile devices. First among these rules is that commercial motor vehicle drivers are not allowed to text under any circumstances. This does not just include text messaging, but also sending any correspondence that requires more than a single button or voice operated command. In other words, emails, instant messaging and accessing other web pages is prohibited.

Additionally, the use of mobile phones is strictly limited for commercial truck drivers. Under FMCSA regulations, truck drivers are not allowed to hold a phone while driving. To use a phone, they must have a hands free device. They must also be able to operate the device with a single button or by using voice commands.

By following these rules, truck drivers can reduce the risk of causing serious truck accidents. However, not all drivers follow these important regulations. Distracted drivers in Illinois often cause serious truck accidents, resulting in significant harm to victims. In these situations, victims may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help people understand their legal rights following a truck accident and perhaps help them fight for what they deserve.

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