Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it was making distracted driving a top safety priority. In a press release published on January 16, 2014, the NTSCB named distracted driving among its Top 10 Most Wanted List of Transportation Improvements for 2014. As a truck accident lawyer, I wholeheartedly support this focused attention on such a deadly and reckless practice.
Distracted Driving Is Not Safe
As the studies have shown, and as I have commented on the Truck Accident Law Blog, distracted driving is not a safe practice. The statistics show that distracted driving is very dangerous. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed by distracted drivers. There are many towns in America with less than 3,000 people. Put that way, it becomes an even more shocking and concerning danger.
As a leading cause of truck accidents, driver error is a leading cause of truck accidents, and distracted driving is a major form of driver error.
NTSB Safety Focus on Distracted Driving
Combined with the statistics behind truck safety, it’s clear that distracted driving is a dangerous practice that needs to be addressed with legislation, enforcement, education and awareness campaigns.
We are now beginning to see action across the country from very involved legislators introducing new bills to prevent distracted or impaired driving. NTSB Chairman Deborah Herman reported “The traveling public relies on a safe and efficient transportation system. Yet, every year, we see over 35,000 fatalities. That’s why we have the Most Wanted List: Steps we can take today, so that more people make it home tonight.”
We Can Help!
At Whiting Law Group, we are committed to the safety of the motoring public. We are very pleased to report this news as we believe it is a step in the right direction to eliminating many of the dangers posed by these large trucks.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a trucking accident, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on email@example.com or on 877-936-7200.