The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has proposed that truckers and other commercial drivers be banned from talking on the phone and texting when they are driving. The NTSB said the ban should include use of hands-free devices.
The NTSB endorsed the ban during a hearing in Washington after ruling that a truck driver using his cellphone caused a crash that killed 11 people on a Kentucky interstate in 2010. A Jasper, Alabama truck driver had just made a call that lasted one second at the time of the March 26, 2010, accident on Interstate 65 near Munfordville, Kentucky, investigators said.
The NTSB’s proposal builds on previous recommendations and a push by federal authorities to stop commercial drivers from using hand-held cellphones and texting while operating large truck and buses. The NTSB sent its proposal to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and all 50 states for action.
Our Alabama truck accident lawyers applaud the NTSB for making this proposal.
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