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Can Truck Drivers ever Safely use Mobile Devices?


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10/14/2014
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Distracted driving is an epidemic in the United States. The number one cause of distracted driving is the use of a hand held mobile device while you are behind the wheel. Such distractions can take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your focus away from what you are doing. For this reason, both Georgia state law and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prohibit truck drivers from using hand held devices in certain ways. If a truck driver breaks any of these distracted driving laws and causes an accident and injuries, an experienced truck accident lawyer in Fayette County can assist victims in recovering from the negligent driver.

Not every activity involving a mobile device is illegal for truck drivers. For example, a truck driver can conduct a voice conversation using hands-free, blue tooth technology. Activities involving mobile devices that are against state and/or federal regulations for truck drivers include the following:

  • Composing or reading a text message, email, or any other type of instant message

  • Searching the internet or typing in a web address

  • Playing games

  • Reading books or other content

  • Programming a GPS

  • Dialing a full number—instead, all dialing must be a one-button speed dial

  • Reaching for a mobile device—instead, it should be mounted in a reachable location

If a truck driver violates the law by engaging in any of the above types of activities, a court will likely find him to be negligent and liable for any losses he caused.

Contact a Fayette County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If a truck driver violates the law and uses any type of hand held mobile device while driving, an experienced truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help any accident victims recover for their injuries and other losses. We pride ourselves on striving for the maximum possible settlement or award for all truck accident victims and we offer free consultations with no obligation. If you have suffered injury, please do not hesitate to call our office today at (770) 487-8999 for assistance with your case.



Category: Distracted Driving

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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