Federal law bans texting for truckers and bus drivers
Posted on February 2nd, 2010 by Zane Cagle
The federal government has banned texting for drivers of all large trucks and buses, with the hope that the new legislation will prevent deadly traffic accidents. The new law went into effect immediately, imposing fines of up to $2,750 for violators.
Research that fueled the legislation cited studies that found heavy vehicle and truck drivers were 23 times more likely than a non-distracted driver to have an accident while texting and nearly 7 times more likely to crash while reaching for or using a cell phone.
This federal ban follows a string of state-wide bans on texting or using handheld devices while driving in attempt to curb rising accident rates involving distracted drivers. If you were injured in a car or truck accident because of driver negligence, you may have a claim for compensation. Call the office of Page Cagle in St. Louis today and speak with a knowledgeable Truck Accident Attorney and schedule a free consultation.