New York Truck Accidents Caused by Truckers Texting or Talking on Cell Phones
Driving a commercial truck in a safe manner requires the operator's full attention. Commercial vehicles are inherently dangerous to operate, and truck drivers cannot afford to become distracted by texting or talking on their cell phones. In fact, in recognition of the serious accidents that can result from cell phone use, federal and state laws have banned truck drivers from talking or texting on their mobile devices while operating a commercial vehicle.
If you or a loved one was injured in a crash involving a truck driver who was using his cell phone, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for damages. Contact our lawyers today for a FREE case review to find out if you are eligible. Call 212-736-5300.
Trucking Regulations: Cell Phone Use
Over the last few years, the public has become aware of the dangers of cell phone use while driving. In light of this concern, federal and state laws have been enacted to prevent the damage which could be caused by drivers, including truckers, who use their cell phones while driving. The following are among the laws prohibiting truck drivers from using cell phones while driving.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration : The FMCSA has banned interstate truck drivers from reading or sending text messages while driving.
- New York State Trucking Laws : Under state law, truck drivers are prohibited from talking on a handheld cell phone while driving. However, even using a hands-FREE device can be dangerous if the driver becomes distracted from the roadway while talking.
New York Truck Accident Lawyers
Even though federal and state laws have banned truck drivers' cell phone use, many commercial vehicle operators still use their mobile devices while driving. If cell phone use leads to an accident, those injured as a result may have a claim against the driver or their employer to collect compensation for damages. To find out if you have legal recourse, contact our accident attorneys today for a FREE case evaluation. Serving Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, all of NYC and New York State.