A new federal law prohibits truck and bus drivers from sending or reading text messages while driving.
The new law was established to help reduce the number of accidents involving “big rigs” and is effective immediately. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles will be subject to fines upwards of $2,750.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 out of every 6 seconds while texting. At 55 miles per hour, this results in a driver traveling the length of a football field, including end zones, without looking at the road. The research also shows that drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get in an accident than those who keep their eyes on the road. In 2008, nearly 6,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than 500,000 were injured.
Nineteen states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, have passed laws banning texting while driving. Six states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, ban the use of handheld devices while driving. Now, no matter where in the U.S., truck and bus drivers cannot send or read text messages while driving.
At the Lundy Law we see firsthand the results of truck accidents and bus accidents. If you’ve been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free and confidential consultation. You may be entitled to compensation.
And the next time you’re behind the wheel, save the distractions for a time when it’s safe to do so, such as the side of the road or at your final destination. It just may save your life.
For more information on distracted driving, including the different laws for each U.S. state, please visit the federal website: www.distraction.gov.