As cell phones and other personal electronic devices have become more and more common, so have motor vehicle accidents in which driver distraction plays a role. Several studies have shown that cell phone use such as talking or texting significantly increases a driver’s risk of being involved in a crash, and at least one study has shown the same for using cell phones through a hands free interface. Because of the serious risk of injury that semi-trucks can pose, the federal government has issued regulations significantly restricting commercial vehicle drivers’ use of cell phones. Accidents continue to happen in spite of these regulations, however, and victims should be certain to discuss their case with a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer.
The rules prohibit drivers from reaching, dialing, texting, reading, or dialing on a mobile phone while operating their vehicles. Truck drivers may use their phones for hands-free voice communication, and may use one-touch functions on their phones to activate or terminate calls. Drivers who violate these rules are subject to significant sanctions, including the following:
- Civil penalties of up to $2,750
- Disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for multiple offenses
- Motor carriers can be subject to fines of up to $11,000
- Violations will also impact a driver’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) results
Often, uncovering evidence of cell phone use often involves significant investigation an analysis of cell phone data. As a result, it is important for anyone who suspects that cell phone use played a role in their semi-truck accident retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Victims of accidents caused by truck driver cell phone use may be entitled to substantial compensation. The truck accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith have the skill and experience required to hold negligent truck drivers liable for the accidents they cause. In addition, we strive to obtain the highest possible settlement or award for each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.