It is widely known that using a cellphone while driving is not the safest thing a person can do. Every year, in Maryland and elsewhere, numerous individuals are hurt or killed in auto accidents caused by drivers who are paying more attention to their cellphones than the road. There is a significant connection between cellphone use and trucking accidents. This is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set limits as to how commercial drivers are able to use their phones while out on the road.
According to the FMCSA website, commercial drivers are permitted to use their cellular devices while driving. However, they must watch how they use them. To be in compliance with federal regulations, truck drivers must:
- Keep their phones within reach if they wish to use them
- Enable one-button call and text features
- Enable voice-control features if available
- Enable hands-free capabilities if available
Research has shown that when truck drivers make a phone call, they take an average of 3.8 seconds just to dial and begin the call. During that 3.8 seconds, they can easily travel the length of a football field. That is a big distance in a short amount of time. A great deal can happen in that short time period if one is not paying attention.
Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in trucking accidents in Maryland have every right to question whether cellphone use or any other negligent actions were performed by the parties responsible for the collisions. If there is evidence that this is the case, pursuing compensation for any resulting losses may have successful results. Legal counsel can review the finer details of one's case and assist him or her in seeking relief through legal means, if doing so is deemed appropriate.