In January, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced an interim ban on truck and bus driver texting on the highway. On April 1, 2010, the NHTSA took this action a step further, proposing making the ban on text messaging while driving a commercial truck or bus a permanent one nationwide. The proposed ban would apply to vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds and would carry either civil or criminal penalties for offenders.
Navigation devices, DVD players and cell phones have contributed to thousands of accidents across the United States, and given the deadliness of truck accidents, these types of distractions are all the more dangerous. Safety advocates from all corners of the nation are fighting back to keep drivers safe on the highways. According to the Department of Transportation, 5,870 people were killed and another 515,000 were injured in 2008 because of crashes in which the driver was distracted because of texting or talking on a cell phone, using a navigation device or some other type of distraction.
Even the trucking and bus industries support the ban, citing that their drivers would benefit from the proposal. Many companies have already enacted bans on texting while driving commercial vehicles. Additionally, many states have issued a texting-while-driving ban as well. 20 states and the District of Columbia already have bans on texting while driving and many more are following suit. Nine other states have bans on youth driver texting.
If you drive on I-68 or I-79, you know that texting by truck and bus drivers poses a huge danger to all drivers. If you’ve been the victim of a truck driver who was distracted on the road, call a truck accident lawyer in Elkins who can fight for all you deserve.