Cell phone use while driving is irresponsible, reckless, and a threat to the safety of the driver, their passengers, and other vehicles on the road. Most drivers recognize these facts, however, many still choose to ignore safety laws and continue to text and talk on their cell phone while on the road. Drivers of cars are not the only people who are guilty of not obeying the safety laws; semi-truck drivers have also been caught using their cell phones while driving. As startling as this phenomenon seems, it is not uncommon on the highways. As a result of this and in response to a semi-truck accident that was supposedly caused by a truck driver on his cell phone, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended banning the use of cell phones for truckers nationwide (except for emergency purposes). The accident, cited by the NTSB as a possible reason for cell phone bans for truckers, involved a truck driver who was talking on his phone while driving and caused an accident that killed 11 people. Directly before the accident, the driver made a call and crossed a median on an interstate, crashing into a van carrying twelve people that were coming home from a wedding.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving the western and central Pennsylvania area. One of his major areas of practice is injury or death due to motor vehicle accidents. He has noticed a trend of accidents involving cell phone usage, either talking or texting, and urges you not to use your phone while driving and be wary of other drivers on the road who may be using their phones. For more information on his law firm, please click here.