Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued new rules that prohibited commercial truck drivers from texting while driving and using a handheld cell phone while driving. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is asking the government to act again and to further restrict cell phone use by truck drivers.

Why the NTSB is Recommending Action Now

In response to the investigation of a Kentucky truck accident that killed 11 people, the NTSB is recommending that all cell phone use by commercial drivers be restricted unless there is an emergency. This would include the use of hands free cell phones.

Support for NTSB Recommendation is Far From Universal

Not surprisingly, there is not universal support for the NTSB recommendation. Trucking groups believe that the ban goes too far. While many support a ban on texting and truck driving, there is not similar support for limitations on hands free technology. Additionally, other groups such as the Governors Highway Safety Association seem to support other means for preventing distracted driving truck accidents. That group, for example, supports employer based policies that target cell phone use by truckers.

In order for the NTSB recommendation to be effective, it must be passed by all fifty states. As Atlanta car accident lawyers, we will be watching the states actions closely to see if the NTSB action is made into enforceable law.

When to Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney

In the meantime, we are available to anyone who has been hurt in an Atlanta trucking accident. Our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers will be pleased to provide you with a free consultation about your rights and your potential recovery. Please contact us today at 1.770.518.1133 for more information. We also invite you to read our FREE book: 4 Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Georgia Car or Truck Claim.