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Truckers prohibited from texting and driving

Most Granite City, Illinois, residents recognize that texting and driving is dangerous behavior. Someone who is, for instance, talking on his or her cell phone or checking his or her email while driving is obviously not able to pay full attention to that and watching the road. The end result of this ill-advised multitasking could be a serious car crash.

The issue of distracted driving is even more serious when it comes to truckers. If a truck driver takes his or her eyes off the road to text or even make a conventional cell phone call, then his or her large truck will travel for about four seconds, the length of a football field, without the trucker watching the road. Especially when considers the size of a truck, the end result of a driver's not paying attention to what is going on ahead of the truck can be devastating for an innocent Illinois motorist.

For this reason, many truckers are expressly prohibited under federal rules from texting and driving. Additionally, they are not allowed even to make phone calls from their trucks unless they can do so with the touch of a single button. Not following these rules can mean fines or even more serious penalties. Of course, the state laws of Illinois restricting cell phone use and texting and driving apply to truckers as well.

It is important for Granite City residents to know these laws because, in the event of a truck accident, the fact a driver was not following rules and was on his or her cell phone is evidence that the driver was negligent. Thus, the law violation can be brought up in the course of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

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