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Texting Truckers: The Federal Ban That Aims to Keep Motorists Safe

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When you’re driving down Hwy 90, SH 151, I-410, or any road in the San Antonio area, you expect (or at least hope) that other drivers take safety as seriously as you do. But let’s face it, it’s not too likely. Between texting, talking, and other distractions, there’s a good chance the person driving next to you is paying attention to a friend’s new post rather than the road ahead.

Although this is disturbing, the prospect is even more so when you think about a truck driver sending text messages rather than paying attention to the road. Tractor-trailers and other big rig trucks weigh thousands of pounds and can make you feel pretty paltry in your car or minivan. The thought of one crashing into you brings the image of flattened pancakes to mind.

Federal Ban Prohibits Texting Among Truckers

Truck drivers who are distracted are 23.2 times more likely to become involved in crashes than those who are not. Because distracted driving among truck drivers is so prevalent, the U.S. Department of Transportation has implemented a federal law that prohibits truckers from texting while driving.

  • The scope of the texting problem. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, texting is considered “manually entering alpha-numeric information, or reading text, from an electronic device. This includes, but is not limited to, short message services, instant messages, a command or request to assess a web page, e-mailing, or pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication using a mobile phone, or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.”
  • Texting consequences. Truck drivers who are found guilty of texting while driving can receive up to $2,750 in civil penalties and could lose the privilege to drive. Companies that allow their drivers to talk or text while driving can face penalties for as much as $11,000.

Fight Back Against Negligent Truckers

Truck drivers hold huge responsibilities to keep those around them safe. If you were injured because a driver was texting instead of paying attention, you can seek justice.

With the help of the Wayne Wright LLP, you may be able to receive compensation that can help pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, and time away from work. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you in moving past the accident and on to the rest of your life.

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