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Driver Texting Is a Major Cause of Trucking Accidents

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:

  • Idaho — All motor vehicle drivers are forbidden from using a handheld device while operating a vehicle. In July 2020, Idaho passed a hands-free cellphone law that penalizes distracted drivers with a $75 fine for a first offense and $150 fine for a second offense within three years. On the third offense within three years, drivers get a $300 fine and may have their license suspended for up to 90 days.
  • Utah — Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers. In addition, any kind of cell phone use is prohibited for new drivers while operating a motor vehicle. Under Utah’s careless driving law, drivers who commit a moving violation (other than speeding) while using a handheld device may be fined $750 and incarcerated for up to 90 days.

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.

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