The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that commercial truck drivers be banned from all cell phone use on the road, according to news sources.
The recommendation comes after investigators determined a trucker in Kentucky was using his phone right before he lost control of his vehicle in a crash that killed him and ten other people. Records indicate that the trucker had used his phone 69 times in the 24 hours before the crash occurred, and had made four calls in the minutes leading up to the crash.
Currently truck drivers are prohibited from texting and can face a fine up to $2,750 if they violate the rule.
While the NTSB doesn’t have legal jurisdiction, their recommendations often carry over into federal legislation.
The ban would include both handheld devices as well as hands-free devices, with emergencies being the exception.
As a auto accident attorney in Everett, I hope that federal legislation will pass this into law, especially considering the cause of the 11-person fatality in Kentucky. In my experience as an Everett car accident lawyer, I have seen distracted driving continually on the rise as a cause of accidents, and I think it’s time that the law recognized that formally.