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Can truck drivers use a cell phone behind the wheel?

Technology has connected the world like never before. As people use their cell phones and GPS systems, people are connected to the outside world no matter where they are. This means that even when people should be focusing on other tasks, they are able to seek distractions. While distractions can be welcome in some situations, when a person is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle this distraction can be deadly.

Cell phones, in particular, pose a significant threat to drivers on the roadways. By using the cell phone, drivers take their eyes and their mind away from the road. This can lead to deadly motor vehicle accidents.

In an effort to avoid traffic accidents involving commercial trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has banned the use of cell phones for commercial truck drivers in certain situations. Truck drivers are not allowed to text or use the Internet while behind the wheel. This includes sending emails, browsing the web, playing games or other similar activities.

Truck drivers are allowed to use cell phones in limited situations. These include using the phone for a phone call. However, truck drivers must use one button, or voice activated technology and hands-free devices in order to legally use their phones while driving.

Truck drivers across the country can face serious penalties if they fail to follow these federal safety regulations. They can also be responsible for causing serious truck accidents should they ignore these rules.

Distracted truck drivers can cause serious damage on the roads. A truck accident can leave a wake of destruction. When a distracted truck driver has caused accident, Pennsylvania residents should understand their legal rights. By contacting an attorney, people can seek specific legal advice about how to respond and to seek compensation.

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