No matter if you are a long-haul driver or you operate a commercial delivery truck, staying attentive and engaged can be a challenge. However, from eating to talking on the phone, certain actions can be distracting and pull attention from the road. Now, research has shown that even the use of e-cigarettes can actually injure the driver and destroy the truck.
Far from a law, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a safety advisory for truck drivers who use e-cigs and vaporizers. What are they basing this advisory on?
A recent piece in Overdrive highlighted the FMCSA's concerns. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 25 incidents from 2009 and August 2014. In the safety advisory, the FMSCA described them as "the ejection of a burning battery case or other components from the device which subsequently ignited nearby flammable or combustible materials." While the U.S. Fire Administration noted that there were 25 such incidents, the FMCSA cites various sources that put the number at more than 150 explosions during the same time period.
According to the safety advisory, some of the incidents can occur while the e-cigs are charging or simply while carrying the device itself. Truckers, trying to find a healthy alternative to chain-smoking while on the road, are cautioned to pay special attention to their e-cigs or vaporizers at all times. If you were injured in a fire or explosion caused by battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices, it is wise to discuss the situation with a skilled personal injury attorney.