The National Transportation Safety Board recommended last week that states ban all cellphone and other portable electronics use while driving, including hands-free as well as handheld devices. The only exception would be GPS systems and cellphones in emergency situations.
Fatal accidents caused by distracted drivers, like the multi-car pileup that occurred in Missouri last year, are examples the board has cited to support its proposed ban. A 19 year-old driver sent 11 text messages in 11 minutes before the crash, which killed him and a 15 year-old.
While the NTSB does not have enforcement power, federal regulators as well as state and congressional lawmakers carefully consider its recommendations.
If you or someone you love has been harmed or worse due to a distracted driver, contact the Lake Geneva car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. by calling 800-242-2874.