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New Trucker Technology Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving

MarketWatch.com recently released a news report detailing new software that has been designed specifically for drivers of large commercial vehicles that aims at preventing driver distraction. The safety software, which meets full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s prohibition against semi truck driver hand-held cell phone use, allows trucking carrier’s to ensure that their employee’s cell phone usage is fully compatible with federal regulations.

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the software, entitled FleetSafer Mobile, prevents truck drivers from texting and emailing while driver, in addition to, providing inbound and outbound call management in a manner “complaint within the Federal Motor Carrier’s requirement that any mobile phone calls made while driving be “one-touch” and hands free in nature.”

Our accident attorneys in Chicago learned though a statement released by the CEO of the software developer that it was revealed that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s prohibition of cell phone use by semi truck drivers is an important step in the continued prevention of distracted driving, however, the rule provides truck driver, as well as, their carriers with no adequate solutions to promote compliance. The creation and implementation of this software provides the trucking industry with a straightforward, as well as, inexpensive way to encourage safe and legal compliance with federal cell phone regulations.

As previously reported in our Illinois trucking accident blog, the cell phone ban was enacted in November 2011 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The regulation prohibits all interstate truck, as well as, bus drivers from using hand-held cellular devices during commercial vehicle operation. If a driver is found in violation of the cell phone ban, the driver, as well as, his trucking carrier may be subject to significant monetary penalties.

Our Chicago accident attorneys are pleased to learn the trucking industry has developed software that encourages safe driving and aides in preventing the thousands of semi truck accidents that occur each and every year on our nation’s busy roadways. Given the sheer size and weight of semi trucks, any collisions involving these vehicles may result in severe and life-altering injury or death. If you have been injured in a semi truck accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our accident lawyers in Chicago. Our experienced accident attorneys will provide a free consultation to help determine what legal rights, representation, and relief may be available to you.