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Distracted driving rules for truckers in North Carolina

In North Carolina and all across the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set up distracted driving rules and regulations that truckers have to follow. If you have been injured in a truck accident, make sure that you understand all of your legal rights to compensation, especially if the driver was breaking any of the following rules.

First and foremost, truckers are not allowed to text while they drive. This starts with standard texting on a cellphone or a smartphone. However, this also includes the use of instant messaging services, emailing clients, or even bringing up a webpage. With the rise of smartphones, the regulations have to go beyond mere short message texting.

One of the most important things for drivers to note is that they are not allowed to read messages while driving. They should not interpret the rule as simply being denied the ability to write their own. For reading or sending messages, they must pull over safely before using the phone.

Rather than talking on the phone with the phone in hand, drivers are encouraged to use earpieces or other hands-free systems. They are instructed to always have the phone within reach so that they can get to it without taking a seat belt off and without taking their eyes from the road.

Additionally, they are not supposed to dial if they need to push more than one button to do so. Often, to stay within the regulations, this means that drivers need to set up all of their contacts with speed dial options before going out on the road.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Distracted Driving" accessed Mar. 13, 2015

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