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Feds Proposing Complete Ban on All Cell Phone Use by Truck Drivers

November 11, 2011

Multi-tasking while driving is never safe, and distracted driving causes many serious collisions in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. When the driver trying to multi-task is driving an 80,000 lb tractor-trailer, the risk of a fatal Georgia trucking accident is increased exponentially.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents because it results in a driver dividing attention between driving and the other tasks while diverting the driver’s hands from the steering wheel or eyes from the road.

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has previously enacted regulations that prohibit texting while driving a tractor-trailer, current federal regulations do not prohibit talking on mobile phones. The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that tractor-trailer and bus drivers be completely banned from any use of mobile phones when driving. Some in the trucking industry have voiced criticism that the suggested rule change should permit hands-free cell phone use. Because truck drivers spend substantial amounts of time on the road, it is argued that a complete ban on any cell phone use by truck drivers would result in significant delays and increased cost.

The rationale for a total ban on all cell phone use while driving a tractor-trailer stems from the investigation of a horrific Kentucky tractor-trailer accident. The fatal trucking accident involved a tractor-trailer that collided with a van and caused the death of both the truck driver and all ten occupants of the van. The investigation of the tractor-trailer accident revealed that the truck driver made a hands-free call of a one-second duration immediately prior to the collision.

Any form of distracted driving when navigating Georgia highways in an enormous tractor-trailer can lead to very serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death. The trucking industry is downplaying the need for this regulation arguing that any proposed change should continue to permit hands-free calls. However, research regarding hands-free use in California and other states suggests that hands-free calls may not be any safer than calls made from handsets. The reality is that any conversation on a mobile phone distracts a driver, which can be deadly when driving a big rig.

The Atlanta tractor-trailer accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been providing legal representation to trucking accident victims for almost three decades. If you or your loved one has been involved in a Georgia trucking accident caused by a distracted driver, our experienced Georgia trucking accident lawyers will provide you with a free consultation to discuss your legal rights to compensation.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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