The Accident Lawyers Network Blog
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
NTSB Recommends Banning Truckers from Texting and Calling from the Road
After ruling a truck accident in Kentucky last year that killed 11 people was caused by the driver using his cell phone, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended to the federal government that all texts and cell phones, including hands free devices, should be banned.
Although the NTSB does not have the power to ban cell phone use and texting from the road, it can send its recommendation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as every state. Kentucky, the state where the tragic truck accident occurred, is one of over 30 states that bars truck drivers from texting, but does not outlaw cell phone calls. The driver in the accident, who was among the fatalities, had allegedly been texting and calling in the early morning hours before the accident.
The truck accident occurred along a stretch of highway where there was only a cable barrier separating the median. This type of barrier is not designed to stop a vehicle the size of a massive semi truck. The NTSB also determined the driver was going 70 mph when he crossed the median and hit a van head on. The van was carrying a group of Mennonites to a wedding. Killed in the accident were both the very young bride and groom. The only two survivors were two children who were in child safety seats.
Commercial truck drivers and bus drivers would be covered in the proposed NTSB ban.
If you have been involved in a truck accident anywhere in the nation, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network today.
posted by Neil at 11:25 AM
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