Will the Trucker Texting Ban Impact California Truck Accidents?

In California, all drivers are banned from texting and driving. Now, President Obama has created a federal texting ban involving truckers on the interstate highways.  Obama’s transportation secretary has banned truckers and commercial bus drivers from sending and receiving text messages.

According to a statement by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, “we’re sending a strong message.  We don’t merely expect you to share the road responsibly with other travelers – we require you to do so.”

This new ban has been met with only lukewarm support from the trucking industry.  While the industry feels that the ban is good, it does find fault in how quickly it was implemented.

The trucker texting ban makes sending or even reading a text message while driving a federal safety offense.  Truckers who violate this rule could be subject to massive fines and could lose their ability to operate commercial vehicles.

It will be interesting to see if this texting ban will reduce the number of California truck accidents, especially since the state already has such a restriction in place.

If you have been injured in a Southern California truck accident, contact a San Bernardino truck accident attorney at our office at 800-989-6385.  We offer a free case evaluation and do not collect a fee unless we win your case.
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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