Distracted driving and commercial motor vehicles
The consequences of texting while driving in a car can be deadly, so imagine the possible consequences when commercial truck drivers become distracted. Truck drivers are a common sight in Alabama. They work very hard to provide the public with the goods needed to survive and thrive. However, in the hands of a distracted driver a commercial vehicle becomes a dangerous obstacle for everyone who shares Alabama roadways.
Despite regulations set forth by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), distracted driving accidents involving commercial trucks occur all too frequently.
Here are some examples of the FMCSA’s regulations for commercial vehicle operators:
- Texting and driving is strictly prohibited
- Mobile phone use, in general, is severely limited
- Specifically, the regulations say it is against the rules to reach for or hold a mobile device
- Truck drivers can only use hands-free devices for the purposes of communication