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What are the penalties for distracted commercial driving?

Commercial truck drivers are an important part of our country's economy. These large vehicles ensure that Illinois has access to many of the consumer goods that people enjoy on a day-to-day basis. However, while the use of these trucks is good for the economy, they also pose significant dangers to others on the roadway, particularly when their operators are negligent.

If commercial motor vehicle drivers are distracted, for example, they can easily cause serious and life-threatening accidents. A collision between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle can leave a victim and his or her family with significant losses from which it can be difficult to recover. As this blog discussed in a recent post, federal regulations have been enacted in order to prevent truck accidents involving a distracted truck driver.

Under these regulations, truck drivers are prohibited from operating a mobile phone or other technological device under most circumstances while driving. Additionally, they are prohibited from texting, using email or surfing the web while behind the wheel.

Sadly, despite these regulations, there are still truck drivers that refuse to follow these simple rules to keep people safe. Therefore, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has enacted penalties for commercial motor vehicle drivers that break these rules. Under these penalties, a driver can face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for a single offense. If the driver continues to violate regulations, then he or she can lose his or her license.

Under these regulations, a truck company can also be subject to penalties as well. In these cases, if a company allows or requires drivers to use mobile devices while behind the wheel, the company can face fines of up to $11,000, among other penalties.

If you are injured in a truck accident because a driver was distracted, these penalties may do little to comfort you. Instead, legal action may be required to find you the comfort and relief you deserve. In a personal injury suit, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from a truck accident, allowing you the time and resources necessary to focus on your recover.

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