The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends a ban on all cell phone use, according to USA Today. This proposed ban includes talking, emailing and texting on cell phones, even if you are using a hands-free device. Last year 3,092 traffic fatalities were caused by distracted drivers. Deborah Hersman, an NTSB chairman says, No email, no text, no update, no call is worth a human life.
The ban was inspired by several deadly car crashes that were caused by distracted drivers. In August of 2010, a 19-year old pickup truck driver was texting and driving, when he hit a tractor trailer causing a 4 car pile up that included two school buses. The crash left 2 people dead and 38 injured.
While the NTSB has no authority to impose this ban, their recommendations carry a great deal of weight with federal regulators and lawmakers. Currently, the District of Columbia and 35 states ban texting while driving. In 9 states and the District of Columbia it is illegal to use hand-held cell phones while driving.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the Palm Beach car wreck lawyers at Gordon & Doner to explore your legal options. Let our auto accident attorneys review your case; you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.