Long-haul drivers spend several hours behind the wheels of their big rigs. They, too, can get bored and complacent, which can lead them to look for distractions to keep their minds active while they travel. Sadly, distracted driving causes many trucking accidents in Louisiana and elsewhere.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration govern the rules and regulations that are to be followed by commercial motor vehicle drivers, including prohibiting texting and using mobile phones while driving. Texting is defined not only as typing or reading an actual text but also as using the other features of a smartphone, such as accessing email, web pages and instant messaging, among others. Basically, truck drivers are not supposed to reach for, hold or press more than one button on a mobile phone.