Driving while distracted is the most common cause of car accidents and the problem has been compounded by the widespread use of smartphones. Truck drivers are among the worst offenders. In the U.S., 15 percent of all traffic crashes are caused by commercial drivers texting or otherwise typing on mobile devices while on the road.
Distracted truck drivers have become such a huge problem that every state in the country has introduced laws that prohibit behind-the-wheel texting, sending messages, searching the web or pressing multiple buttons to start or end a phone call.
The state laws range in severity, in some cases exposing commercial truck drivers and their employers to fines of more than $10,000. Truck drivers caught using a mobile device in some states may also receive a 10-point violation on their commercial driver’s license (CDL) record and a license suspension.
Idaho and Utah, where driver texting is a major cause of trucking accidents, have these laws in force:
Texting while driving can cause accidents regardless of the type of motor vehicle involved, but when a distracted driver is operating a large, heavy commercial truck, the results can be catastrophic. An experienced attorney can help you hold truck drivers accountable for their negligence and obtain reimbursement for medical expenses, lost income and other damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident involving a truck, we urge you to get in touch with Morgan Law Firm as soon as possible. We have offices in Boise, Meridian and Middleton Idaho, as well as Lehi and Ogden, Utah. Call us at 208-999-1717 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.