Commercial truck driving can be a very isolated profession. For this reason, it is no surprise that truck drivers want to use every opportunity to stay in touch with loved ones. With the rise of cell phones and mobile devices, truck drivers were engaging in distracted driving more often and causing more accidents, prompting the government to enact strict laws regarding truck drivers and mobile devices. If you have been in an accident with a truck driver who was wrongfully using a mobile device, call an experienced Palmetto truck accident attorney to discuss a possible legal claim.
The following is against the both state and federal laws for all commercial truck drivers:
Sending or reading text messages or other instant messages
Sending or reading emails
Browsing or searching the internet
Making a phone call that requires pressing more than one button (i.e. a number that is not pre-programmed into speed dial)
Holding or reaching for a handheld mobile device
Truck drivers are able to utilize blue tooth technology and speed dials to talk on the phone with loved ones, dispatchers, or others, so they are most definitely not cut off from communication with the outside world. However, they are required to follow regulations regarding texting, messaging, and other handheld technology.
Any injured victims of truck accident may be legally entitled to full compensation from all negligent parties. If a truck driver texts or uses a handheld device while driving and causes an accident, a court will likely find that driver automatically negligent because he violated the law.
Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you have been involved in a truck accident, part of the investigation should always be whether the driver was violating any laws or acting negligently when the accident happened. An experienced truck accident lawyer knows how to check phone and data records and other sources to try to prove that a truck driver was texting or otherwise using a mobile device at the time of the crash. If you have suffered injury, call (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation with Shane Smith Law for help today.