Products are made all over the world, as well as all parts of the United States, and transported to Texas. The products may arrive by planes or boats, but eventually most products end up in trucks to get them to their final destination. Therefore, there are many semi-trucks on the roads each day and they encounter many other vehicles. It is very important that the truck drivers are paying attention are driving trucks that are safe to drive.
When semi-trucks cause accidents, usually the other vehicles involved in the accidents suffer the worse damage and suffer the most severe injuries. Sometimes the truck accidents result in the deaths of the victims or cause permanent injuries that completely change a person’s life forever. To help reduce the number of accidents involving semi-trucks, there are many regulations that drivers and truck companies must follow to help keep the roads safe.
One of these regulations is that truck drivers must not have their phones in their hands while driving. This means that they must not either write or read texts and emails, look up websites, or press more than one button to either start or end a phone call. Also, they must not have their phones in their hands if they do use them to make phone calls. Drivers who violate this rule could be fined up to $2,750 and can potentially be disqualified from driving. The truck company could also be fined up to $11,000 for allowing a driver to use their phone while driving.
Many people are involved in accidents with semi-trucks each year, and these accidents can lead to severe injuries. If the accident was caused due to the negligence of the truck driver, whether by texting or for other reasons, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Experienced personal injury attorneys understand the devastation that truck accidents can cause, and they can help victims recover damages.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Distracted Driving” accessed on March 20, 2017