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When road accidents involving big rigs or 18-wheelers happen, two possible consequences can be serious injuries to, or death of, the victim. This is due to the huge size and great weight of trucks, making their mere presence on the road a potential threat to smaller motor vehicles.

An 11-hour cross-county drive is a very common chore to many truck drivers, so that despite a couple of hours sleep at their truck’s sleeper berth, fatigue can easily set in, worsened sometimes by stress caused by the need to deliver an important cargo on time. While there are laws in place to prevent truckers from driving while fatigued, the sad truth of the matter is they are not always followed.

But fatigue and stress (plus driver error) are not the only causes of truck accidents that have been identified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an arm of the US Department of Transportation. According to the NHTSA, the unrestrained use of cell phone, while driving, has also contributed greatly in increasing in the number of injuries and fatalities due to truck accidents.

After the prohibition of the use of cell phones or hand-held phones while driving, the DOT issued another mandate, particularly on the use of a bluetooth headset by commercial drivers (which includes bus, corporate fleet and truck drivers). This federal law took effect on January 1, 2013 and those who are caught violating this law can suffer a fine amounting to $2,750; repeated violation will mean payment of the same amount (for each repeat act) plus banning from operating any type of commercial vehicle.

A trucker Bluetooth headset is a device that enables a two-way connection via a wireless technology called Bluetooth. Besides the headset design, some Bluetooth products can be fitted to an ear or may be placed inside specially-designed caps. Although designed for truckers, police and regular drivers have also found the device as a perfect item that will make driving much safer.

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