Distracted driving and commercial motor vehicles

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

Texting And Commercial Vehicles Are A Dangerous Mix

Research conducted by the FMCSA reveals that commercial operators who text and drive have increased odds of being involved in a dangerous traffic situation. This means those who text while driving a commercial vehicle have a greater chance of being involved in a truck accident or near accident. These odds put the rest of the nation’s drivers at great risk of injury or death if a truck accident occurs.

We hope that you will never be touched by a truck accident involving a commercial vehicle. However, we want you to know that you have legal recourse to seek damages if such an accident does occur. The attorneys with Alabama’s Clay, Massey & Associates are always available to answer your questions and you can learn more by visiting our website.