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What You Need to Know About the Federal Ban on Truck Drivers Texting

Earlier this year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) banned commercial truckers from texting while driving.  That ban became an official rule earlier this fall.

Why the Ban on Texting?

According to the FMCSA*, the chances of being in a critical situation are 23.2 times higher for texting and driving truckers than for commercial vehicle operators who do not engage in this risky behavior.  This odd ratio of being in an accident was more than double any other distracted driving activity.

In its final rule, the FMCSA recognizes that texting while driving is not the only type of distracted driving that could prove dangerous to truckers and those with whom they share the road.  However, the agency finds texting to be a particularly dangerous form of distracted driving because it diverts a trucker’s eyes from the road, hands from the wheel, and attention from driving safely.

What to Do if You’ve Been in a Georgia Truck Accident

If you’ve been involved in a Georgia tractor trailer crash, you may not immediately know what caused the accident.  There is time enough to find out the cause of the crash.  In the moments immediately following the accident, it is important to get the prompt medical attention that you need, to contact the police to conduct an investigation, and to consult with an Atlanta truck accident attorney.

Each Atlanta truck accident lawyer at The Dover Law Firm wants you to focus on getting better or on rebuilding your life if you’ve lost a loved one in a tragic truck crash.  We encourage you to protect your rights by reading our free ebook, 4 Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Georgia Car or Truck Claim, and by contacting us at 770.518.1133 or via our online contact form for more information.

*Source: Department of Transportation, FMCSA, Docket No. 2009-0370 Limiting the Use of Wireless Communication Devices