NTSB Recommends Banning Cell Phone Use by Commercial Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on October 24, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyThe National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers except in emergencies. As Florida personal injury attorneys who frequently see the tragic results of distracted driving firsthand, we applaud the NTSB’s recommendation.

It is not a coincidence that the decision comes on the heels of the agency’s final report on the Kentucky crash that claimed the lives of 11 people last year; according to the NTSB, distraction from the use of a cell phone by the driver of the 18-wheel semi truck likely caused the deadly accident.

"Distracted driving is becoming increasingly prevalent, exacerbating the danger we encounter daily on our roadways," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "It can be especially lethal when the distracted driver is at the wheel of a vehicle that weighs 40 tons and travels at highway speeds."

Following the accident in Kentucky, investigators determined that the driver used his mobile phone for calls and text messages a total of 69 times while driving in the 24-hour period prior to the accident.

In fact, the driver made four calls in the minutes leading up to the crash, making the last call at 5:14 a.m. CDT, coinciding with the time that the truck departed the highway.

For more information about distracted driving, please see our previous posts available here.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car or truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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