Distracted driving has become a big problem across the country—but most of the focus has been on individual drivers. Now, a new federal law is forcing companies to address the issue as well.

Recently, a new federal law took effect that prohibits drivers of commercial vehicles from using handheld cellphones while driving. The law applies to all vehicles that weigh over 10,000 pounds and that cross state lines for business or commercial purposes.

Drivers who violate the law face fines of up to $2,750 for each offense. Companies that allow drivers to use handheld cellphones while behind the wheel will face a separate penalty of up to $11,000.

An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Since 1975, the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has been providing compassionate and professional legal assistance to car accident victims in the Treasure Coast and South Florida. The firm sponsors a Facebook campaign to help end distracted driving entitled Hang Up and Drive! We believe that distracted driving is a life-threatening behavior that can be stopped.

If a distracted driver in Florida has injured you or someone you love, call us today at (800) 299-8878 or fill out our convenient online contact form for a free consultation.