Texting While Driving 18-Wheeler & Big Truck Accidents

Holding Truck Drivers and Trucking Corporations Accountable

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Texting while driving is a dangerous distraction, especially for commercial vehicle drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that odds of a commercial vehicle driver being in a safety-critical event, such as lane drift, near-crash or an accident, are 23.2 times greater than for those drivers who do not.

Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers protects the rights of Florida motorists injured by truck drivers. When you retain our law firm, an experienced lawyer, not a paralegal, handles your claim. Before founding our plaintiffs personal injury law firm, our attorneys defended insurance companies, a background that gives us insight into common insurance tactics. We are, thus, in a strong position to anticipate and counter defendants’ arguments.

Texting While Driving Rules for Truck Drivers

FMCSA laws forbid commercial drivers from using electronic devices while operating a truck or bus, including:

  • Writing, sending or reading a text message
  • Instant messaging
  • Emailing
  • Searching the Internet
  • Facebooking, tweeting or using other social media

Truck drivers are subject to fines and license suspension for violations of texting while driving laws. Oftentimes, the trucking company is also responsible through vicarious liability for the actions of its employees. The company may further be liable because its policies encourage or permit truck drivers to use cell phones while behind the wheel.

Using a Mobile Phone While Driving Rules for Truck Drivers

texting and driving 18 wheeler accidentThe FMCSA regulations also make using a handheld telephone illegal. Truck drivers are permitted to engage in certain hands-free conduct, but cannot:

  • Press more than one button to initiate or terminate a telephone call
  • Dial by pressing more than one button
  • Move out of a sitting, seat belted position to pick up phone
  • Hold the phone with at least one hand

Investigating a Truck Driver Distracted Driving Crash

Our firm thoroughly investigates your truck accident case to determine what happened and who was at fault for your crash. Trinity 18-wheeler accidents attorneys take decisive steps to determine whether distracted driving played a part in your accident. We review the black box for signs of distracted driving, such as veering out of lane and failure to apply brakes. We subpoena phone records to analyze whether a phone call or message was in process prior to and during the crash.

Consult with Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers About An Accident Caused By A Texting Truck Driver

From our Pasco County law office, Fowkes & Hasanbasic, Accident and Insurance Lawyers, P.A. represents injured tractor-trailer accident victims throughout Florida. Our auto accident attorney offers you a free case evaluation. We handle your claim on a contingency fee arrangement, so you do not pay lawyers’ fees unless we recover damages for you. Our 24-hour call back policy allows you regular and immediate access to your attorney.

Our main office is located in Trinity, FL (Pasco County), but we handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida.

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