Are There Any Laws That Dictate Whether a Semi-Truck Driver Can Text While Driving?

In 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a federal ban on texting while driving for commercial truck drivers. This ban prohibits texting while driving by operators of commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The move was meant to prevent the occurrence of truck accidents.

After the action was announced, LaHood stated, "We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe... this is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

Under the new ban on texting while driving, truck drivers who text while driving may be penalized by legal fines of up to $2,750. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, those who participate in texting while driving are distracted for an average of 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds that they text. This can result in a truck accident, which may cause serious or fatal injuries.

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida and you suspect that the truck driver was texting while driving, you'll want to tell your lawyer to help you obtain the driver's cell phone records. Showing that a truck driver was texting while driving leading up to your truck accident can help prove negligence and help support your truck accident claim.

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Jim Dodson
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