Vermont Truck Accidents May Be Prevented Due to Texting Ban
Imagine being hit by a semi or bus and later discovering that it was caused because the operator was texting while driving. Recent studies show that texting and driving can pose serious dangers to Vermont drivers, especially if the texters are operating trucks or commercial buses.
This scenario has led to President Barack Obama instituting a national ban on truckers and commercial bus drivers prohibiting them from texting while operating their vehicles. If they are caught they can find themselves in risk of losing their license, as well as facing a $2,750 fine per offense.
“Today we’re sending a strong message,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We don’t merely expect you to share the road responsibly with other travelers, we require you to do so.”
Are you aware that Vermont does not currently have any laws on the books that prohibit truckers and commercial bus drivers from texting while driving? This fact has left Vermont officials scrambling to find ways to enforce the new rules.
The new national ban has not been greeted by the trucking industry with great enthusiasm. Many in the trucking industry feel that the new laws are inappropriate, especially with the speed that the new ban was instituted. However, we can all agree that the Vermont roadways will be safer.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Vermont truck accident, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney at the law offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau, PLLC at (603) 556-4148.