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Drivers of commercial trucks are not allowed to text and drive

Most Texans are probably aware that texting and driving is dangerous. Texting is one of many distractions that can take a driver's attention away from the road and cause that driver to create unsafe conditions on the road. Drivers who are distracted by texting and other diversions can fail to see other cars, pedestrians or bicycles in the road, may cause collisions when their distractions force them to brake too close to other vehicles and can miss important safety signage that could put others in dangerous situations.

In the last several years, two governmental regulatory entities created rules that prohibit commercial truck drivers from texting while they are operating their rigs. Specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration determined that the drivers of commercial interstate vehicles and the drivers of vehicles containing hazards that require a hazard placard cannot text while operating their vehicles.

Texting involves entering any numbers or letters into a device, as well as reading messages on an electronic device. In fact, drivers are not allowed to push more than one button in the operation of any device while they are behind the wheels of their rigs and these rules are intended to keep other drivers safe from accidents with large trucks and other commercial vehicles.

A driver who is found to have been texting while driving can face a host of sanctions. However, victims of truck accidents who can show that the drivers in the accidents were texting at the time of their crashes may be able to introduce such evidence during their trials. The victims of truck accidents can often recover their damages through negligence-based personal injury claims.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Distracted Driving," accessed September 18, 2017

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