Driving and texting is a dangerous decision to make. In the state of California, it is illegal for a truck driver to hold a cellphone or similar device while driving. They may even be fined if they are sitting in their truck waiting for a light while holding their cell phone. The phone must be placed on a stationary platform, and a driver must use the speakerphone or Bluetooth feature so they will not become distracted and cause an accident. A truck driver must also be able to reach the phone easily and shut it off with one button.
When a truck driver is distracted by texting, it can lead to truck accidents with severe injuries. In fact, a texting truck driver on a cell phone (like any other driver) will experience three main types of distraction:
- Visual: taking their eyes off the road.
- Manual: removing their hand off the wheel.
- Cognitive: taking their mind off driving.
Although truck drivers are professional drivers, they are prone to the same dangerous bad habits as a regular driver on the road. This may be a surprise to some, but truck drivers are just as likely as other drivers to get distracted by texting while driving. In addition, many truck drivers are overly tired and stressed in trying to complete their long routes. This makes texting more dangerous as their reflexes to react to an accident may be further impaired by exhaustion.
If you (or a loved one) are suffering from an injury in a truck texting accident, you may be entitled to compensation for short and long-term medical care, vehicle repairs, and pain and suffering. Contact a California truck accident lawyer to discuss your case and get the legal representation you need and the compensation you deserve.
Truckers are professional drivers and have the responsibility to drive safely. When they cause an accident due to texting and driving, they have failed to do their job safely. Texting truck drivers are not only endangering themselves, but also other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the road. Accordingly, federal trucking regulations prohibit texting and driving. Nevertheless, many truck accidents are the result of texting and distracted driving.