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Semi Truck Accident Victims Center Calls for Stiff Fines and Suspensions for Semi Truck Drivers Texting or Talking on Their Cell Phones Especially in California and Texas

February 17, 2012

The Semi Truck Accident Victims Center is the premier advocate for innocent victims involved in a semi truck or tractor trailer crash nationwide and the group is calling for stiff fines or suspensions for semi truck or commercial drivers if they are on a cell phone or if they appear to be texting while driving, especially in California or Texas. The group says, “5000 US citizens lose their life each year in passenger vehicle involved with semi truck accidents, and we think this number is going to increase because of poor at best enforcement of laws governing talking on a cell phone or texting while driving a semi truck or tractor trailer drivers are driving their big rigs. We are especially worried about passenger vehicle drivers in California and Texas. These are states where our teams have driven the major interstates, and seen first hand semi truck drivers, driving a big rig, talking on their cell phone, and exceeding the posted speed limit, all at the same time.” If a loved one or family member is innocently involved in a semi truck, commercial vehicle or tractor trailer accident in California, Texas or any other US state the Semi Truck Accident Victims Center has an unparalleled instant national response that is incorporated into its Semi Truck Victims Bill of Rights Initiative. For more information please visit the groups web site at http://SemiTruckAccidentVictimsCenter.Com.

(PRWEB) February 17, 2012

The Semi Truck Accident Victims Center is not only the premier advocate for innocent victims of a semi truck, or commercial vehicle crash, the group is also devoted to attempting to make all US highways, or interstates safer. According to the National Traffic Safety Board, a fully loaded semi truck has the gross vehicle weight, depending on its cargo, of up to 80,000 pounds. The semi Truck Accident Victims Center says, “The average car weighs between one and two tons. Compare that to a fully loaded semi truck with a distracted driver texting or talking on their cell phone, and we know the results can be catastrophic. In states like California or Texas, semi truck or commercial vehicle driver distractions like texting can be even more catastrophic. Our teams have observed semi trucks drivers talking on their cell phones, going 75 MPH, even in the large metro areas like Los Angeles, Houston, Oakland, or Dallas. Beyond California and Texas, we think its vital all states enact cell phone use prohibitions or texting prohibitions while anyone is driving, regardless if it is a semi truck driver or the driver of a passenger vehicle. And, we think the penalties should be stiff.” http://SemiTruckAccidentVictimsCenter.Com

Research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – an agency under DOT, which focuses on reducing crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks and buses — confirmed that texting by truck drivers poses substantial accident risks.

  • Drivers who are texting take their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds.
  • At 55 miles an hour, this is the equivalent of traversing an entire football field, from end zone to end zone, without looking at

the road.

  • Drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely than non-texters to be involved in a crash or a near-accident.

The Semi Truck Accident Victims Center is on call 24 hours a day to any victim, or family member of a victim involved in a traffic serious accident with a semi truck, commercial vehicle, or big rig. The group can be contacted anytime at 866-714-6466, or a victim, or their loved ones can contact the group via their web site at http://SemiTruckAccidentVictimsCenter.

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