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FMCSA has acted decisively to prevent a common problem

Indiana residents probably recognize almost intuitively that texting and driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, even many truckers and other drivers of big commercial vehicles sometimes cannot resist the temptation to look at an email or send a quick text while driving along on the highway.

This sort of behavior, although seemingly innocent or, at the most, a minor offense, can lead to severe and even fatal commercial vehicle accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates many of the truckers who travel in Evansville and throughout the Tri-State area, drivers who engage in texting and driving are over 23 times more likely to be in an accident, have a near miss or have another severe safety slip like changing lanes suddenly and without warning.

The Administration also concluded that even a few seconds looking down can, at highway speeds, mean a truck driver travels over 100 yards without noticing what is ahead of him or her.

It is for these safety reasons that the Administration bans truckers from texting while driving, with the word "texting" including just about any use of the internet or any text messaging. Even some routine dialing of phone numbers is not allowed. If a trucker breaks these rules, he or she may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and could be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle.

Despite rules and other measures to prevent truck drivers and other drivers of large vehicles from texting while driving or otherwise being distracted behind the wheel, the problem of distracted problem remains all too common among commercial vehicle operators.

However, should a driver who had his or her eyes on a cell phone rather than the road cause an accident that injures someone from the Evansville area, the injured person can consider seeking compensation for all of his or her injuries from both the driver and the driver's trucking company.

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