The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a proposal to ban truck drivers from use of both handheld and hands-free cellular telephones, except in cases of emergencies. This important trucking proposal came in the wake of an accident investigation in which the NTSB confirmed that a truck driver, Kenneth Laymon, was on the phone when he caused a crash that killed 11 people on a Kentucky interstate in 2010.
The recommendation builds on previous efforts to stop commercial truck drivers from using handheld cell phones and texting while operating large trucks. Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation has a rule in place barring the use of handheld phones by commercial truck drivers.
A leader in trucking accident litigation, Tim Whiting, expressed his views on the recommendation:
Even as far back as 2003, the National Traffic Safety Board was highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. This important recommendation needs to be implemented to ensure that the big trucks that traverse our highways are as safe as possible. At Whiting Law Group, we have seen many tragedies caused by the failure of truck drivers to maintain proper focus and attention on the task of driving.
With offices in Illinois and Wisconsin, Whiting Law Group has been protecting the rights of those injured or killed in trucking accidents for more than a decade. For a free review of your case, please call Tim Whiting on 877-936-7200, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online consultation form.