Not long after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed banning hand-held cell phone use among commercial truck and bus drivers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a cell phone ban recommendation of its own. The NTSB recommends banning all non-emergency cell phone use while driving – including the use of hands-free devices.
The NTSB bases its recommendation on research into a number of serious distracted driving accidents involving cell phones. For instance, a crash in Missouri several years ago began when a 19-year-old pickup truck driver rear-ended a semi truck while on his cell phone. The crash set off a chain reaction that involved two school buses and several other vehicles and resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. At a meeting in that Missouri community last week, NTSB officials announced their recommendation to prohibit all cell phone use by those behind the wheel.
According to the NHTSA, over 3,000 people died in cell-phone-related crashes in 2010 alone. A NHTSA poll, also conducted in 2010, found that over 75 percent of adult drivers will answer at least some cell phone calls while driving. About 66 percent of them would keep driving while talking on the phone, and over half would hold their cell phone in their hand while doing so.
Driver distraction caused by cell phones and other things can result in serious injuries. From helping you navigate your Michigan no-fault insurance policy to holding negligent third parties accountable for their actions, the experienced Michigan cell phone accident attorneys at Lipton Law are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you need to make a solid recovery. To learn more, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.