NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban for Truck Drivers
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended imposing a ban on talking and texting while driving. The proposed ban would only impact truckers and other commercial vehicle drivers while they are working. The NTSB recommendation also included a ban of hands-free devices.
The proposed cell phone ban came as a result of a 2010 truck accident in Kentucky which killed 11 people. The truck driver, Kenneth Laymon, had been using his cell phone at the time of the truck accident. According to investigators, Laymon panicked and slammed on his breaks, but was unable to maneuver his truck away from the median. He crossed into oncoming traffic and got into a head-on collision with a van. Laymon and 10 passengers in the van all died in the truck accident. The only survivors were two young children in safety seats.
While the NTSB has made this recommendation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and all 50 states, the organization does not have the power to implement the ban. The lawmakers in each individual state must pass legislation to make the ban effective.
Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the NTSB, acknowledges that this recommendation will not be popular among truckers and other drivers of commercial vehicles. “It may not be something that’s widely embraced. This is not going to be popular. But, we’re not here to be popular. We’re here to do what needs to be done,” she said. Hersman also pointed out that similar recommendations have been made in the aviation and boating industries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. It is important to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer in your area who can make sure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.