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Are truck drivers allowed to use cell phones while they are driving?

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Effective November 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has placed a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving commercial motor vehicles. This addition to the current truck driver laws prohibits operators of commercial trucks or buses from using hand-held phones while driving and imposes penalties for violators of this law.

In the case of a truck accident where you suspect the truck driver was guilty of cell phone use while driving, you’ll need more evidence than just your opinion. An Atlanta car wreck lawyer may be able to help you provide more substantial proof for your truck accident claims.

The penalties for cell phone use while driving a commercial truck or bus include civil penalties up to $2,750 per offense. The state where the truck driver’s commercial driving license was issued will suspend the driver's CDL upon a second conviction of driving while using a cell phone. Additionally, a trucking company that allows drivers to use cell phones while driving may face penalties up to $11,000.

Even with the threat of these penalties and license revocations, many truck drivers fail to comply with truck driver laws. This type of distracted driving only increases the number of truck accident claims that arise from driver negligence cases. 

Before filing truck accident claims, many victims may benefit from speaking with an Atlanta car wreck lawyer about how to provide substantial evidence that a truck driver was guilty of cell phone use while driving. The integrity of your claim may depend on this evidence, so it’s best to have a professional help you meet this common requirement for truck accident claims.

Contact an Atlanta Car Wreck Lawyer

After a serious or fatal truck accident you and your family may be dealing with the grief of serious injury, loss of a loved one and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

At The Law Offices of Shane Smith we help accident victims seek justice for their losses through truck accident claims. We have helped victims in Atlanta and the surrounding areas understand the truck driver laws that regulate trucker cell phone use while driving.  

Before making the decision to hire an Atlanta car wreck lawyer, request a copy of our FREE eBooks, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information on how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by a negligent driver. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 1-770-487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia