From fines to lawsuits to loss of employment, truck drivers risk serious consequences if they are found guilty of distracted driving. Regulations enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibit over-the-road truckers from using handheld mobile phones while driving, including texting. Texting while driving is against the law in the state of Maryland.
Residents of Baltimore and the surrounding areas routinely share the roads with semis and other large vehicles. Therefore, Maryland drivers may be concerned about recent research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows that fatalities associated with tractor trailer accidents have been on the rise. In 2011, there were a total of 3,781 people killed in accidents caused by large trucks, and that number increased to 3,921 in 2012.