The enforcement of cell phone laws while driving is very important to help keep motorists safe. Cell phone restrictions while driving are especially very important for commercial truck drivers, who get behind the wheel of large semi-trucks and drive at high speeds every day. If truck drivers get distracted on the road, they can easily cause severe, and even fatal, accidents. If you have been in an accident with a truck driver who was breaking cell phone laws, the court will find that driver was automatically negligent, or negligent per se. An experienced Fayette County truck accident attorney can help prove that the truck driver was not following the law, and should therefore be held liable for any resulting damage or injuries.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration bans truck drivers from doing the following:
- Texting, emailing, or any other type of electronic messaging
- Browsing the internet
- Reaching for any type of hand-held device
- Dialing a phone number that requires more than pushing one single button
These are the federal regulations for commercial drivers, however each state additionally has its own cell phone laws. For example, Georgia bans texting for all drivers, and bans all cell phone use for bus drivers, including hands free devices. Other states have handheld device bans for all drivers, such as Illinois and New York. On the other hand, some states have no cell phone driving laws at all, like Montana. New Hampshire has a complicated, very specific law that prohibits using two hands to type a text message, but does not ban reading messages, or dialing phone numbers.
As you can see, the state laws vary widely from state to state. Commercial truck drivers often travel through many states on a single trip, making it difficult to keep every state law straight. A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can identify when a truck driver has broken a certain state law and use that to help show he was negligent in causing an accident. If you have been in a truck accident, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today for help.